The Dixon Water Foundation promotes healthy watersheds through sustainable land management to ensure that current and future generations of Texans have the water resources they need. The foundation owns and operates several working cattle ranches, including two outside of Decatur, just west of Denton, which seek to demonstrate environmentally and economically sound ways to manage rangeland. The ranches use a method called multi-paddock grazing where cattle are moved around very frequently so they don't overgraze any particular area. They partner with local researchers to monitor how the environment responds to their stewardship and fund grants, including one that is supporting UNT biological sciences associate professor David Hoeinghaus' studies on the biodiversity and ecosystem functioning of the ranches' aquatic habitats.
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