The Journey of Restoring 645 Acres of Rare Silveus Dropseed Prairie at the Ebel Grasslands Ranch (Monday, September 10, 2018)

Monday, September 10, 2018 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm
*Please note, our new meeting location is at TCC’s Northwest Campus.
Meeting location information to be posted soon.

The Journey of Restoring 645 Acres of Rare Silveus Dropseed Prairie at the Ebel Grasslands Ranch
Presenter: Karl & Kelli Ebel with their 12-year old son Christian

Ebels family; owners of Ebel Grassland Ranch. (Photo by Ebel Family)

In 2003, Karl Ebel initiated a grassland restoration project on 645 acres of the Ebel Grasslands Ranch, located in Hopkins County Northeast Texas. In 2012, the family bought an additional 360 acres. Prior to the Ebel’s purchase of the 1,057 acres, the land was continuously farmed from about 1834. Upon purchasing the land, the Ebels decided to return it to the unique prairie that existed there prior to farming. At least 780 acres were originally tallgrass Silveus dropseed prairie. Karl and Kelli, along with their 12-year old son, Christian, will discuss this 15-year learning adventure in grassland ecology, where they continue sustainable beef and goat production utilizing a rotational grazing system, prescribed burning and trample planting.

Sustainable grazing at Ebel Grassland Ranch. (Photo by Ebel Family)

Big bluestem at Ebel Grassland Ranch. (Photo by Ebel Family)

Rainbow over Ebel Grassland Ranch. (Photo by Ebel Family)

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