Lorie A. Woodward

Lorie A. Woodward has worked as a writer and public relations practitioner exploring the intersection of agriculture, natural resources and public policy for almost 30 years. Her career, which has included stints in the public and private sector, has taken her across the country and around the world, where she has been enthralled by the people of the land and their stories. She is the president of Woodward Communications and co-owner of The Round Top Register, a regional magazine focused on life in the rolling bluebonnet hills of central Texas where country meets city. Woodward was reared on a ranch near Lexington, Texas, but now makes her home in San Angelo with her two children, Kate and Will.
Texas Wildlife Association: The Voice of Texas Wildlife. Picture of Texas State Capitol

Texas Wildlife Association: The Voice of Texas Wildlife

Defense is needed every biennial session. With more than 7,000 bills filed on a mind-boggling array of subjects, there is always something lurking in the details that can create problems for Texas landowners.

Austin Trophy Whitetails

Austin Trophy Whitetails

With a 6,000-square-foot lodge that sleeps up to 24 as well as a private condo, Austin Trophy Whitetails pushes comfort into the realm of luxurious, rustic elegance. Impeccably decorated with an eye to the outdoors, the accommodations feature warm wood, native stone, high-end furnishings and fixtures that showcase artistic taxidermy representing species from around the world from Varner’s personal hunting expeditions. Unique décor, such as bar stools crafted from full-size western saddles, remind guests they ...

Saint Tryphon Farm and Vineyards

Saint Tryphon Farm and Vineyards: Riding the Wave

Bradford, a level III sommelier, spent 12 years in the retail and wholesale wine industry managing a portfolio of 10,000 fine wines from around the world with an emphasis on high-end offerings from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Napa. As he globe-trotted, he kept an eye on the Texas wine industry.

WildLife 2021: We Are Family

While many organizations scrambled to create an online presence, the Conservation Legacy team drew from its extensive experience of delivering digital education. TWA has been using the Internet and videoconferencing to reach students across Texas since 2007.

Western Heritage Consulting & Engineering; barn and fencing in front of mountains at sunset

Western Heritage Consulting & Engineering: Standing Alone in the Field

To serve its clients’ needs, WH Companies has multiple divisions throughout the West. Western Heritage Consulting & Engineering handles the natural resource engineering, while WURX LLC is the expert for construction. While most of the company’s projects are located in the American West, Western Heritage has a global capacity.

Banking on Land: Land Investment Tips for First-Time Buyers

Banking on Land

While statistics aren’t available yet for 2020, anecdotally it was a record-breaking year. “2020 was as busy as any year I remember—and 2021 doesn’t show any signs of slowing down,” Bownds said. Currently, inventory is tight. Buyers are anxiously waiting to purchase a suitable property when it becomes available. In several instances, Bownds has sold multi-million-dollar ranches before he’s even had a chance to have photos taken. A limited inventory means that buyers don’t have ...

TWA: Conservation Legacy: Adapting and Overcoming

Conservation Legacy: Adapting and Overcoming

While many organizations scrambled to create an online presence, the Conservation Legacy team drew from its extensive experience of delivering digital education. TWA has been using the Internet and videoconferencing to reach students across Texas since 2007.

James Pharaon Creative photo of house in the country

Photo-Ready Ranches

“I love landscapes, especially Texas landscapes,” Pharaon said. “I’m a Texas native and our open spaces are part of my soul. My job as a photographer is to capture images that inspire that feeling in other people.”

TWA Adult Mentored Hunting

Hunting Heritage 2.0

“The overall goal of Hunting Heritage is educating Texans about wildlife and the role that hunting plays in conservation through wildlife and habitat management,” said David Brimager, TWA’s Director of Public Relations and a Certified Wildlife Biologist®. “Through our new initiative H2, we’re combining our existing long-term programs with several new ones into one focused, integrated effort to educate Texans across the board and help funnel them into the field through mentored hunting opportunities.”

Brandon's great-great-grandfather and his wife

Brandon Bownds, Bownds Ranches: A Legacy of Ranching and Real Estate

Through Bownds Ranches, Brandon Bownds puts his multi-generation legacy of ranching and real estate to work on behalf of his clients every day. “It all goes hand-in-hand,” said Brandon, who is a fifth-generation rancher and a third-generation real estate broker based in Utopia. “You can read a book about something and figure out how to do it, but there’s no better way to gain knowledge—and no other way to gain firsthand knowledge—than by living it.”

Explore Ranches: Opening the Gates to Connection

Explore Ranches provides one-of-a-kind outdoor experiences by opening the gates to some of America’s wildest and most scenic ranches.

Western Heritage; barn next to a field in front of mountains

Envision. Design. Build.

“When Ryan and I started Western Heritage, we vowed to create a firm with the technical expertise and the bold creativity that would allow our clients to dream big,” Rikki said. “Every client who buys a piece of property—large or small—has their vision of what it can become.”

The Shockey Collection; Jim Shockey

The Shockey Collection: A Proud Tradition of Excellence

“In my travels, I see great properties, I see bad properties—and everything in between,” Shockey said. “Experience and time are the only ways to gain knowledge. Now, I’m at a point where I know the difference between exceptional, good and merely average.” His real world knowledge forms the basis of the strict criteria and evaluation process that sets The Shockey Collection apart in the marketplace.

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Small Acreage, Big Impact for Wildlife

“From the agency’s perspective, size doesn’t matter when it comes to technical guidance or cost-share programs,” Siegmund said. “All landowners receive our best information for managing their properties, and cost-share money is awarded on the merit of the project, not on the size of the acreage.”

Wildlife Partners LLC: The Business of Conservation

Through his San Antonio-based company Wildlife Partners LLC, Brian Gilroy is in the business of non-native wildlife conservation.

Landowner Liability, A Real but Manageable Threat

The threat of liability exists anytime landowners open their property to anyone, including family and friends.

Forging A Connection

Chef Jesse Griffiths, co-owner of Austin’s Dai Due and Dai Due Taqueria, forges a connection between people and their food.

Wright Monning is Marketing the Lore & More of Texas

Making the connection between land, history and stories isn’t a stretch for Monning because that connection shaped his life.

Richards Outdoor Photography

Focusing on Family, Faith & Nature: Richards Outdoor Photography LLC

Boerne, Texas-based Richards Outdoor Photography LLC is built on family, faith and a deep, abiding appreciation for the majesty of the natural world.

Swan Land Company: Exceptional Service from the Kitchen Table to the Closing Table

While growth and success tempt some companies to abandon principle for profit, Swan refuses to fall into that trap and remains true to the values he learned around his family’s kitchen table on their cow-calf operation in Montana’s Ruby Valley: personal integrity, hard work, respect and putting others’ needs before your own.