Elizabeth Barlow Rogers and Theodore C. Rogers are the owners of the Browning Ranch. Ted Rogers is a former CEO of a major industrial corporation and the cofounder of American Industrial Partners, an investment firm specializing in the acquisition, management, and sale of basic manufacturing companies. The daughter of C. L. and Elizabeth Browning, the ranchs prior owners, Betsy Rogers has had a distinguished career as an author and historic landscape preservationist. She is the president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies and the author of several books including Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2001). Ted and Betsy live in New York City.
Betsy and Ted Rogers.
While some might question why out-of-state ranch owners would want to embark upon a similar project, the Rogers decided to do so. To them, the reasons were clear. The Texas Hill Country is exceptionally beautiful. To own a property of great scenic value is a privilege. To preserve the natural landscape and promote biodiversity is a duty. To perpetuate a sense of place through conservation action is a way of enhancing ones personal identity. "Why not," they reasoned, "invest in a project with the objective of increasing our own connection with a special part of the American landscape?"