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November 2007 Volume 2, Issue 11

Branding Bonnie Baskin & Bob Elde by Linda Kester

Inside this issue: Baskin Branding 1

It was a cool September evening when we welcomed Bonnie Baskin and Bob Elde to Johnson City, Walnut Springs style. Music by Nikki Duncan and barbeque by Ronnie’s set the stage for the spectacular Texas sunset we shared with Bonnie, Bob and their new friends. Bonnie and Bob purchased Homestead 44 on the South end of the ranch this spring, after visiting Walnut Springs with friends who own a neighboring homestead.

Wild Turkeys


Texas Star Trail 2 Ride

Branding Bonnie’s Boot by Mary Jo Snider

Wild Turkeys by Jane Jones Wild Turkeys of the Texas Hill Country are sometimes called Rio Grande turkeys. The Rio Grande wild turkey is native to central plains states; its common name coming from the area in which it is found. The life-giving water supply which borders the brushy scrub, arid country of the southern Great Plains, western Texas and northeastern Mexico provide a perfect turkey habitat. It is similar in general appearance to the other subspecies of the wild turkey and similar in body size to the Florida Turkey, at three to four feet tall, but with disproportionately long legs. The Rio Grande turkeys are comparatively pale and copper colored. Adult females, called hens, are smaller in size compared to the males, or gobblers, and slightly duller in color. Hens average 8 to 12 pounds while gobblers may weigh around 20 pounds at maturity. Hen feathers on the breast, sides and flanks are tipped with pale pinkish buff. The Rio Grande inhabits brush areas near streams and rivers or mesquite, pine and scrub oak forests. It may be found up to 6,000 feet elevation and generally favors country that is more open than the wooded habitat favored by its eastern cousins. The Rio Grande is considered gregarious and, in some areas nomadic, having distinct summer and winter ranges. They may form large flocks of several hundred birds during the winter period. It has been known to travel distances of 10 or more miles from traditional winter roost sites to its nesting areas.

Oak Wilt


Trail Closures


Lights Spectacular


Chunky Maple Spread


Upcoming Events


The Preserve at Walnut Springs



Walnut Springs P.O. Box 133 Johnson City, TX 78636 Paul Sumrall General Manager Linda Kester Administrative Assistant Chad Frank Ranch Foreman Jennifer Etress Concierge Services Jane Jones Wildlife & Equestrian Program Christen Hasha Equestrian Program Jesus, Jesus Jr, Isidro, & Nolberto Cuellar Cowboys

Phone (830) 868-2155 Fax (830) 868-2156

The Texas Star Invitational Trail Ride Welcomes Toby by Paul Sumrall Walnut Springs hosted the Texas Star Invitational Trail Ride on the ranch for a weekend in October. Over 50 riders from across the state camped on the ranch, blazing our 20 mile trail system over the course of three rides. For some Walnut Springs owners, this was the first and most likely the only time they would get to participate in such a large display of our Texas heritage. Just the day before the ride, my son Stephen’s new horse arrived at the ranch. I rode Toby Saturday morning to make sure he was comfortable with his new surroundings, and Stephen took the reins for the rest of the ride on Saturday and Sunday. Thanks to one of the ranch cowboys, we found Toby locally. He’s a very gentle horse at a mature 18 years, and he isn’t so tall that he intimidates his fare. Those of you who know what a great horse we have in our ranch horse Zona - will think Toby is even better! We share Toby with our neighbors here on the ranch. Stephen Sumrall Orsak on Toby by Paul Sumrall

How Oak Wilt Spreads (Continued from October Nut) by Jane Jones Red Oaks appear to play a key role in the establishment of new infection centers. The oak wilt fungus may be spread overland by insect vectors and by man through movement of wood from infected red oaks to other locations. Fungal mats form beneath the bark of certain diseased red oaks in late fall and especially in spring, but do not form on live oaks. Individual fungal mats produce spores for only a few weeks. The fruity odor of fungal mats attracts many kinds of insects, the most important of which are believed to be sap-feeding nitidulid beetle. The fungus possibly may be transmitted by these small beetles as they emerge from mats and visit fresh wounds on health trees, both red oaks and live oaks. Fungal mats are most commonly formed on standing trees, but they can also develop on logs, stumps, and fresh firewood cut from diseased red oaks. Live oaks tend to grow in large dense groups (called motts) with interconnected roots. The fungus may be transmitted from one tree to another through these root connections. Root transmission is a proven means of spread from one live oak to another. As a result, patches, of dead and dying trees (infection centers) are formed. Infection centers among live oaks in Texas expand at an average rate of 75 ft per year, varying from no spread to 150 ft in any one direction. Occasionally, the oak wilt fungus is transmitted through connected roots between red oaks, but movement through roots is slower in red oaks and occurs over shorter distances than in live oaks. There are currently three primary approaches used for oak wilt management in Texas. Successful control usually depends on an integrated program incorporating measures from all three approaches. The first approach attempts to prevent the formation of new oak wilt infection centers by eliminating diseased red oaks, handling firewood properly, and painting wounds on healthy oaks. The second approach involves trenching or other measures to disrupt root connections responsible for root transmission of the pathogen. Finally, injections of the fungicide propiconazole into individual, high – value trees help reduce crown loss and may extend the life of the tree. These measures will not cure oak wilt, but will significantly reduce tree loss.

Sample of Vascular Necrosis in Oak Leaves Courtesy Texas Forest Service

Courtesy Texas Forest Service Knowledge is Power - Next month - Prevention and Treatment of Oak Wilt

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Phone (830) 868-2155 Fax (830) 868-2156

Wildlife Program Trail Closures - Fall 2007/Winter 2008 by Paul Sumrall The Preserve at Walnut Springs will be marking trails closed this fall as part of our wildlife management program and two short-term construction projects. When on the ranch, please observe signs across trails which note that the trail is closed. You will see one of two signs. ‘TRAIL CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION’ means that this trail is closed until construction is completed. During the construction period we will have times when the construction project sites can be previewed, please check with the office if you would like to see the projects underway. Our two construction related projects are improvements to the headwaters of Walnut Springs (SE Corner Lot 64) and Oak Wilt remediation (NW Corner Lot 64). As we submit our deer census this fall, Texas Parks and Wildlife will give us our annual deer harvest numbers. Trails will be closed during deer season at early morning and late afternoon hours, but will be open daily from 10am-3pm. You will see signs that say “WMP – TRAIL OPEN DAILY 10AM-3PM”. Please do not enter the trails outside of these hours. We will open the trails on targeted dates in which no harvesting will take place. Trail Closure Schedule: Times 4am-10am and 3pm-9pm Dates: November 3, 4, 17, 18

December 1, 2, 15, 16, 29, 30, 31

January 1, 5, 6, 12, 13

Any property owner who wishes to participate in our 2008 harvest should contact the ranch office at 830.868.2155 and place their name on the list. Owners will be accompanied by one of our professional hunters when participating in the 2007-2008 deer harvest.

Lights Spectacular by Linda Kester This year Johnson City celebrates 18 years of Lights Spectacular, one of the largest holiday light displays in the State of Texas. The center piece of the celebration is the 100,000 lights on the Blanco County Courthouse. The display begins on November 23rd and runs through January 1st of the new year. On the night of Saturday, November 24th, the Lighted Hooves and Wheels Parade dazzles and thrills the thousands of people around the courthouse square. Other attractions include Christmas in the Park, PEC headquarters with 1,000,000 lights, the Clickety Cloggers and Carriage rides. For more information call 830-868-7111 or visit

Chunky Maple Walnut Spread by Linda Kester Ingredients • • • • • •

8 oz package low fat cream cheese, softened at room temperature for one hour 2/3 cup chopped Walnuts 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions • • • •

Put cream cheese in a medium bowl. Add walnuts, raisins, syrup and cinnamon. Stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until ingredients are mixed together. Spread on bagels, toast, or apple slices.

TIP: To make as a softer dip for apple slices or strawberries, use twice as much maple syrup. To reduce fat and calorie content, use whipped low fat cream cheese instead of a brick of low fat cream cheese.

Phone (830) 868-2155 Fax (830) 868-2156

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The Preserve at Walnut Springs P.O. Box 133 Johnson City TX 78636 Upcoming Events: November 2007 Day Light Savings Time Ends – November 4th Veterans Day – November 12th Thanksgiving Day – November 22nd Lights Spectacular on the Courthouse / PEC Buildings November 23rd- January 1st Winter Wonderland Light Display visit November 23rd – January 1st Clickety Cloggers - Lights Spectacular Courthouse Square Parade @ 5:30 p.m. November 24th Christmas at the LBJ Boyhood Home – a 1920’s small town Christmas, November 24th Arts Encounters at Benini Foundation visit for more information. November 24th - 25th Kirchman Gallery Reception 4-7pm visit November 24th


The Preserve at Walnut Springs Walnut Springs offers all the benefits and pleasures of a beautiful private 2,000-acre ranch for a fraction of the price. With sweeping 360 degree views, meandering waterways, lush canyons and abundant wildlife, a homestead in this exclusive community comes with access to 1,500 acres of protected open space for recreational use. Amenities include a premier equestrian center and 20 miles of horse trails, two swimming pools and a spacious clubhouse, barbeque facilities, tennis courts, stocked ponds, wireless Internet access and much more. Located in Johnson City, it is ideally situated near Fredericksburg and the Highland Lakes. Best of all, owners do not have to work the ranch, but just enjoy it as the onsite dedicated cowboys and concierge staff care for the ranch and property maintenance. Whether watching a beautiful sunset from your porch, from horseback along a ridge line trail, or from poolside with family and friends at the clubhouse, it is hard to believe that Austin and San Antonio are just an hour away. Only sixty-six prime home-sites are nestled at this uniquely appealing ranch in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Homestead 12 Meadow by Jon King

Phone (830) 868-2155 Fax (830) 868-2156


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