Shield Ranch Camp Wood

A 7,400-acre property located in southwest Real County near the town of Camp Wood, Texas.

Conservation Management

Shield Ranch Camp Wood is located on the western edge of the Texas Hill Country and overlaps the Taumaulipan Thornscrub and Chihuahuan Desert ecoregions of South and West Texas. The Ranch focuses its efforts on conservation and wildlife management. The Ranch’s management principles are based on the advice of natural resource professionals and promote healthy soils, excellent air and water quality, and a mosaic of habitats rich in ecological diversity which are critical to the well-being and resilience of our native flora and fauna and to the urban and rural communities in our region. The Ranch places special emphasis on the protection and enhancement of habitat for rare and endangered species including:

  • Black-capped Vireo 
  • Golden-cheeked Warbler 
  • Tobusch Fishhook Cactus
  • Other plant and animal species of concern 

Permanently Protected

Forty-two percent of Shield Ranch Camp Wood is permanently protected from development by conservation easements held by The Nature Conservancy.

Scientific Research and Monitoring

Shield Ranch Camp Wood collaborates with universities, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations to provide a real-world environment for scientists and students to work and learn by conducting ecological, hydrogeological, and historical research. This research contributes to the public knowledge of our region and advances our understanding of methods for better stewarding the natural and cultural resources of the Ranch.


Shield Ranch Camp Wood 
9433 Bee Caves Road, Suite 140 
Austin, TX 78733 

For Any Ranch Emergency, Dial 911.