The Land Report

Spring 2015

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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86 The LandReport | S P R I N G 2 0 1 5 LANDREPORT.COM With elevations ranging from 4,500 to 6,907 feet, the Rockpile features micro-climes that vary across the ranch. The fact that this historic holding lies on the edge of two critical North American migratory avian fly- ways enhances its biodiversity. Thanks to years of excellent stewardship by the McCoy- Remme family, which ranked No. 55 on the 2014 Land Report 100 (see "Emmett McCoy," The Land Report Summer 2012), the Rockpile has retained its rich grassland landscape. "It honestly looks like a movie set because it really hasn't been developed beyond straight cattle country. They did such a good job with range management," says Michael Davis of the Davis family, who acquired the ranch in 2014. Over the last two decades, the McCoy-Remme family carefully managed the diverse forage of gramma and bluestem pastures and grazing lands using a struc- tured forage assessment and grazing management system that resulted in exceptional rangeland health and species diversity. With some of the best cow-calf rangeland in Far West Texas, the Rockpile has a well- positioned water distribution system that includes solar- driven wells. In addition to its singular environmental and wildlife qualities, the Rockpile is awash in history. Named for the mas- sive geologic formations located at the entrance to the ranch, it was once part of the legendary X Ranch that spanned 380,000 acres. The ranch also features views of Sawtooth Mountain (pictured above), a rugged series of spires jutting hundreds of feet above grassy pastures. Both Sawtooth Mountain and the rockpile formations have drawn humans for millennia. Remnants of pre-Columbian habitation, such as mortars used for grinding grain, have been found in numerous locales on the ranch. These singular attributes make the Rockpile a standout property and necessitated a particular breed of agent. Above. At 7,686 feet above sea level, Sawtooth Mountain is one of the many stunning vistas visible from the Rockpile Ranch.

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