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Wildlife Exemption 101

Did you know that you may be eligible for a Wildlife Management Tax Valuation (a.k.a. “Wildlife Exemption”) if you currently have a 1-d-1 Agricultural Valuation in the State of Texas? But, in order to be approved, it is highly recommended (and in many cases, required) that a Texas landowner prepare a wildlife management plan either on their own or with the help of a master-level biologist at a company like Plateau Land & Wildlife Management. Cedar Eaters of Texas has been working alongside Plateau for many years, helping landowners comply with their annual wildlife management requirements, mainly in the area of “Habitat Control.”

Wildlife Management Tax Valuation Texas

Brush Management, a sub-category of “Habitat Control”, is the removal of woody plants and can be achieved via various mechanical methods including Cedar Mulching, Mesquite Grubbing, Hand Crew Cutting and Chipping, Services, etc. Cedar Eaters® of Texas is equipped to implement any of those methods. Brush management is just one of the many wildlife management practices that fall within the 7 Main Wildlife Management Activities:

  1. Habitat Control
  2. Erosion Control
  3. Predator Control
  4. Providing Supplemental Supplies of Water
  5. Providing Supplemental Supplies of Food
  6. Providing Shelter
  7. Making Census Counts to Determine Population

Landowners must implement one management practice from 3 of the above 7 categories annually in order to meet the state requirements to maintain a wildlife exemption. A good plan will implement more than just the bare minimum and will include practices from each of the 7 activities. Wildlife management plans are like a land questionnaire and ask for info such as: “Past History of Land Use and Wildlife”; “Current Habitat Description” and questions like, “Is your property leased for hunting?” and, “Is the acreage under a high fence?”

Another practice that falls under the “Habitat Control” category is “Prescribed Control of Native, Exotic and Feral Species.” On the one hand, it can be population control of destructive animal species like feral hogs but it can also be the removal of invasive and/or exotic plant species which have a negative impact on native inhabitants of the land. A few examples of this kind of plant life would be mesquite, huisache, yaupon, salt cedar, and Texas persimmon. Cedar Eaters of Texas has patented 2 attachments that are revolutionary in the removal of invasive species. For larger invasive species, Cedar Eaters of Texas utilizes their excavator with patented grubbing attachment: The Grubber. For smaller invasives, Cedar Eaters of Texas has a patented attachment called the ROOT-N-ALL® which fits on a skid steer. Both attachments pull the invasive species out of the ground, root and all, making it impossible for the tree to regrow.

If you have an existing Wildlife Exemption and need help implementing some of the practices within the “Habitat Control” Category, give Cedar Eaters a call at 1-877-404-8141. We are familiar with the brush management and invasive species control requirements and our job supervisors can help you devise a plan for meeting your annual requirements. If you need to apply for a Wildlife Tax Valuation, call Plateau Land & Wildlife Management at 888-289-9409 and they can help you get the ball rolling.

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We are based in Kerr County near Comfort, TX, however, we provide land clearing services in all of the Texas Hill Country as well as North Texas, South Texas, and Central Texas. Below is a list of counties that we frequent.

(Austin County, Atascosa County, Bexar County, Bandera County, Blanco County, Burnet County, Bell County, Bosque County, Brown County, Bastrop County, Burleson County, Brazos County, Brooks County, Bee County, Comal County, Caldwell County, Colorado County, Coryell County, Comanche County, Coleman County, Concho County, Callahan County, Coke County, Crockett County, Dimmit County, Duval County, Dewitt County, Denton County, Collin County, Edwards County, Erath County, Eastland County, Ellis County, Frio County, Fayette County, Falls County, Freestone County, Gillespie County, Guadalupe County, Goliath County, Gonzales County, Grimes County, Hidalgo County, Hays County, Hood County, Hill County, Hamilton County, Irion County, Jim Hogg County, Jim Wells County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Jack County, Jones County, Kleberg County, Kendall County, Kerr County, Kinney County, Karnes County, Kimble County, La Salle County, Live Oak County, Lavaca County, Llano County, Lee County, Lampasas County, Limestone County, Maverick County, McMullen County, Medina County, Menard County, Mason County, McCulloch County, Mills County, McLennan County, Milam County, Palo Pinto County, Parker County, Real County, Refugio County, Runnels County, Starr County, San Patricio County, Sutton County, Schleicher County, San Saba County, Somervell County, Stephens County, Shackelford County, Travis County, Tom Green County, Taylor County, Throckmorton County, Val Verde County, Victoria County, Wilson County, Wharton County, Washington County, Williamson County, Wise County, Young County, Zapata County)

Oklahoma Counties
(Comanche, Cotton, Grady, McClain, Stephens, Jefferson, Carter, Love, Murray, Pontotoc, Johnston, Marshall, Bryan, Atoka, Coal)

New Mexico Counties
(Union, Harding, San Miguel, Guadalupe, Quay, Curry, Roosevelt)

We will travel anywhere if the job is large enough. If you have a small job we will typically nest small jobs together in order to cover as much ground as possible within our current service area.

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