Spring Field Trip
The Austin Geological Society's Spring Field Trip was held on Saturday, April 5, 2003. The trip destination was Shield Ranch, which comprises 4,668.5 acres of classic Hill Country terrain, straddling Barton Creek west of State Highway 71 and north of U.S. Highway 290. Shield Ranch is notable for its long history of environmental stewardship, while operating as a working cattle ranch. And in 1999, more than two-thirds of ranch acreage was conveyed to a conservation easement, under the auspices of the Texas Nature Conservancy.
On this field trip, this ranch was visited by van, viewing soils and bedrock, flora and fauna, upland landforms and a spectacular segment of Barton Creek. Key natural areas were viewed from the vehicles and on foot (including a 3 to 4-mile walk).
The field trip guidebook is available for purchase through the office of Publication Sales.