Leaving a Land Legacy

Robbie DavisFor some Texans, family land and property may be one of the most significant assets they possess. Considering what will happen to your real estate after your lifetime is an important decision to make.

Robbie Davis wanted to make sure that the family land she possessed would be conserved for future generations. Growing up on her family’s ranch in Stephens County, she had a deep-rooted connection to the land. When her parents passed away, the 2,800-acre ranch came to her. Though she did not live there as an adult, she cared deeply for the land legacy her parents left.

As Robbie Davis began planning her estate in her later years, she consulted with her trust officer, Jim Farley, Senior V.P. of the Trust Division, SouthWest Bank in Lubbock.

“Robbie approached me about helping her manage the ranch interests,” said Farley. “She also expressed a strong desire for the ranch to ultimately benefit the people of Texas.”

Farley researched several options.

“Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation rose to the top,” he said. “It’s a respected charitable entity with goals that matched hers.”

The trust recently deeded the property to TPWF. TPWF will manage the ranch, working to improve habitat for the next few years and eventually open it up for public hunting in partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

“I know Robbie would be very pleased that her desire for the ranch to be maintained and enjoyed by future generations has been fulfilled,” said Farley.