Effect of Rancher’s Management Philosophy, Grazing Practices, and Personal Characteristics on Sustainability Indices for North Central Texas Rangeland Page: 52
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Figure 3-1. Location of Study Area, in relation to Texas and the West Cross Timbers.
The Western Cross Plains sub-region has a complex geologic history, resulting in a
variety of soil types, terrain features, and vegetative plant communities. The terrain in most of
this sub-region is hilly, with sandstone and limestone escarpments, steep slopes, and irregular
surface features. Exposed sandstone rocks and boulders dominate landscape features in many
areas. Sandy loam soils are productive for agricultural crops such as peanuts, small grains, fruit
trees, sorghum, pecans, and truck crops. In other areas, limestone surface formations and shallow
clay soils support grasslands and vegetative plant communities adapted to higher alkalinity.
Extensive open grasslands and brushy rangelands occur in the 6 county area. In the
western counties, where the average size of land tracts increases, cattle ranching is the
predominant land use. In this area during the time frame from 2007 thru 2010 cash receipts for
livestock have totaled more than $191.7 million per year and have outperformed all other
agricultural enterprises in terms of gross receipts by more than 10:1. (Texas AgriLife Extension
Much of the sub-region contains habitat that supports populations of white-tailed deer
and other wildlife species. Leasing land for deer hunting is an important economic enterprise of
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Becker, Wayne. Effect of Rancher’s Management Philosophy, Grazing Practices, and Personal Characteristics on Sustainability Indices for North Central Texas Rangeland, dissertation, December 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc103289/m1/63/: accessed February 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .