The natural beauty and wildlife that inhabits our land isn't just one of the main things we love about Texas ranches, it's also part of the full story of Texas land, and when managed well, can greatly increase both the potential income and overall value of the ranch. Here at Texas DuPerier Land Man we understand that the full story behind owning a Texas ranch is about a lot more than just buildings, and is much more complex than a simple calculation of land value can express. That we treasure the natural beauty of Texas landscapes is part of how we define ourselves and our staff is both passionate and knowledgeable on all aspects of wildlife management, sustainability, biology and environmental consultations. We have also partnered with some of the foremost experts in the field of wildlife management here in Texas, ensuring that we can both provide you with expert advice on how to evaluate, manage, maintain and improve on this important aspect of ranch ownership, as well as matching you with the right team to see all of your goals for your ranch fully realized. Let’s take a closer look at how Texas Land Man can work with you in wildlife management to build the ranch that exceeds all of your expectations.
The Financial Side of Owning Texas Land
We all know that owning a Texas ranch is about a lot more than dollars and cents, but the IRS and Central Appraisal Districts (CADs) mostly just see dollars and cents. Our professionals know how to create a plan under which your land and the native plants and wildlife will flourish, while also maximizing the potential tax incentives that you can be eligible for.
Wildlife Management Plans
Integral to both fulfilling the financial requirements for a Wildlife Exemption, as well as creating a plan that will see your land becoming its best and staying that way far into the future, is creating a Wildlife Management Plan. Because there is an important financial component regulated by the government, there is a great deal of detailed specifics that must be included and forms precisely filled out. And creating a plan that will be of the greatest benefit to your land and finances, now and moving forward requires expertise in Texas habitats, wildlife and tax codes. That’s what we at DuPerier Land Man provide.
What does the DuPerier Texas Landman Wildlife Plan Include?
In order to give our customers the best, we conduct both a site visit and tax research to find out what the specifics of your land are, and what are all of the relevant tax codes that you could benefit from. In order to create a plan, it’s important to have a clear understanding of precisely what it is we are planning for, which is why we create custom maps on which to base our plan. Our 5-Year Wildlife Plan not only meets all of the requirements of CADs for a Wildlife Management Valuation, we go above and beyond the immediate financial story and tax waivers to create a plan that will see your land thriving for a long time to come. And once we’ve completed the plan we see it through to completion on both ends, following up with the CAD until it has been accepted, and continuing to be there for you, making sure you have everything you need to see the vision for your land fully realized.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Annual Report
More than ever, CADs are requiring that landowners provide a Wildlife Management Annual Report in order to take advantage of valuable Wildlife Tax Exemptions. By hiring Texas Landman to provide you with an annual wildlife valuation, you’ll have less paperwork to deal with as well as the peace of mind of not having to worry about nasty surprises like suddenly losing tax exemptions.
What is involved with filing an annual report?
The annual report requires filing the 1-D-1 Open Space Agricultural Valuation form from Texas Parks and Wildlife as well as documentation showing all of the activities have been carried out for the year which the valuation form is being filed. The activities which are eligible to be included in the valuation form are
· Habitat Control (habitat management)
· Erosion Control
· Predator Control
· Providing Supplemental Water
· Providing Supplemental Food
· Providing Supplemental Shelter
· Making Census Counts to determine population
A minimum of three of these activities must have been completed in the calendar year to remain eligible for an exemption.
We’re Not Just About the Paperwork
There are numerous reasons why a ranch owner may choose not to personally implement their wildlife management plan. And whether you are focused primarily on creating a WMV that will be CAD approved, on seeing your land improved, or both, we can see your goals carried out, matching you with the best in the business to make sure that your plan is fulfilled.
What Does Land Stewardship Mean?
In addition to less to worry about, we offer many services that can do more than evaluate what you currently have, but that will help you plan for the distant future, making certain that the health and wellbeing of your land will not only be maintained, but give you the opportunity to improve it to your land’s full potential. In general, these are some of the most common tools used to both improve Texas land and see it returned to its full glory.
Brush Management: Brush such as juniper and mesquite is a constant threat to open lands. By creating a managed plan to cut back on brush, you not only create healthier land, but also create a potential revenue stream.
Maintaining Native Grasses with Good Grazing: From the time of the bison to the days when cattle roamed freely, native grasses flourished. However, with the fencing in of the land, non-native species gained traction, until they often took over. By creating the right grazing rotations, you can see the native Texas grasses flourish on your land once again.
Soil Cultivation: When cattle and bison grazed freely, their activities created healthier soil; you can now do the same using mechanical methods such as tilling the soil.
Controlled Fires: The danger of fires to a ranch are obvious, however, long before buildings took up so much of the Texas landscape, fires were common, and the native wildlife adapted. By using controlled burns, you can ensure that native species are given the advantage.
Hunting: It’s easy to have too much of a good thing, and sometimes populations grow out of control. Managed hunting is one of the best ways to responsibly control populations and also can create a potential revenue stream.
Every ranch is different, and that means that the ideal plan for fostering the growth of wildlife will be just as unique as the land you call home. You need experts that will give you the specialized attention to your ranch. To find out more about creating a plan that will see your land at its healthiest and best, get in touch.