The 10xXx Ranch is an outstanding example of how stewardship of the land within a working cattle ranch serves to enhance the natural environment. The Texas cross-timbers area has an invasive tree species that ultimately destroys the grazing grassland and the associated wildlife. This tree is locally called a Cedar, but it is actually a Juniper. The old timers to the area have stated that the cedar trees have invaded the land because of overgrazing, land fencing, and restricting the natural wildfires (which cleared all cedars and allowed the natural grass to immediately recover). The importance of Cedar control cannot be overstated. Cedars suck huge volumes of precious surface water, shade the grass which prevents plant growth, and form such a dense brush thicket that even deer can’t navigate through it. Water is so very valuable on a ranch. The 10xXx Ranch has built or enlarged over 20 surface water impoundments. These lakes and ponds provide life and recreation for people, livestock, wildlife, birds, and fish. The fact that Bald Eagles now frequently visit the ranch to partake of its bounty is proof of the ranches success in ranch stewardship.