Shield Ranch Barton Creek was certified with a “Quiet Conservation Area Award” presented by Quiet Parks International (QPI) on June 21, 2023.
QPI is a nonprofit volunteer organization committed to saving quiet for the benefit of all life. QPI’s Quiet Conservation Areas are natural areas of exceptional quality that may provide opportunities for quiet human enjoyment yet are at-risk from noise pollution, and where land manager(s) and/or landowner(s) actively seek to protect and/or restore natural quiet.
“In a rapidly urbanizing area, it’s becoming rarer to find places to experience quiet,” says Blake Murden, CEO of Shield Land Stewardship Group. “We’re dedicated to keeping Shield Ranch Barton Creek a quiet place because we know this type of acoustic environment offers many benefits to people and wildlife.”
Scientific studies have shown that quiet time in nature may provide positive health benefits including relaxation, improved focus, and better sleep. It is also beneficial to wildlife as it helps them communicate, attract mates, and sense danger.