Profile – Hillmont Ranch

Location:  Annetta North, Texas

Total easement acreage:  121 acres

The 121-acre Hillmont Ranch property was originally acquired by Anita and Gary Martin as a property to nurture Anita’s dream of an Arabian horse center in Parker County.  Upon Anita’s passing, it was her wishes that the property be preserved in its natural state and with the possibility of maintaining its equestrian and agricultural uses.  Gary Martin, acting as the executor of his ex-wife’s estate, purchased the lands and placed it under a conservation easement in 2012 to fulfill her wishes for conservation of the ranch and the native areas on the property.

 Located only about 10 miles west of Fort Worth, this property is on the edge of suburban development, just outside the town of Anneta North.  Much of the acreage on the Hillmont Ranch is characterized by the equestrian center with manicured horse pastures, horse stables and riding arenas.  One unique aspect of the ranch is its recently renovated stone castle, guest quarters and pool cabana dating from1928, providing a glimpse of this land’s use as a notable country estate in the Roaring 20’s.  Above the ranch, the rugged Cross Timbers forest lands and native prairies provide a diverse habitat for local wildlife.  The easement property also encompasses a meandering segment of Clear Fork, the western stem of the Trinity River with its sandy bottom and riparian forest corridor adjacent to the horse pastures.

Purposes of this Conservation Easement

  • Protect the Property’s ranching and agricultural heritage;
  • Protect the property’s relatively high quality habitat for native plants and animals; and
  • Protect the Property’s scenic and open-space values.

Elements of this Conservation Easement

  • Property will be perpetually preserved in its predominately agricultural and open space condition with emphasis on the Cross Timbers forest and native grasslands it contains.
  • Any commercial or industrial activities are prohibited on the property.
  • Continuation of compatible land uses (especially agricultural operations) are supported as they have been historically conducted in harmony with the property’s ecological and open-space values.
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