Wildlife Conservation

At Cedar Eaters of Texas we strive to be good stewards of the land.  We understand the importance of our eco-system and how it plays a role in our lives and that of our future generations.  The Cedar Eater team is very knowledgeable in wildlife habitat and land management techniques.  We will work hand in hand with land owners and wildlife biologists to design a clearing plan that coincides with their wildlife and land management requirements.  However that is not all, if a land owner needs assistance with the implementation of various other wildlife management activities and practices we can provide that as well through our contiguous working relationship with Plateau Land & Wildlife Management.

What is Wildlife Management?

The definition for wildlife management states that the habitat found on a property must provide breeding, wintering, and or nesting habitat for the indigenous wild animals that inhabit the land.  If you qualify for wildlife management the native wildlife population must be produced for human use which may include food, medicine, or recreation.  Please Note: The size of your property can dictate the kind of wildlife management options that are available to you.  For instance, not all wildlife species can be managed for on every property.   To determine what kind of management plan you should apply for, we urge you to contact a local wildlife biologist.  If you don’t have one in mind then we would suggest you contact a member of the Plateau Land & Wildlife Management team at Plateau Wildlife.   Their team is very knowledgeable in determining what kind of native species are indigenous to your land and they can assist you with the design and implementation of your plan to be submitted to the state.

Why Wildlife Exemption?

The term wildlife exemption, allows a qualified landowner in the state of Texas to have their land valued at an agricultural tax rate without the traditional farming and ranching techniques that normally take place.  However, to qualify for a wildlife exemption your property must first be under an agricultural exemption.  If your property is already under an agricultural exemption then there are several steps a property owner must take to qualify for a wildlife exemption.  To accomplish this, a land owner must actively manage their land by improving their natural wildlife habitat within their property.   To achieve this, a land owner must complete three out of the seven qualified management practices listed below each year.

The 7 management practices:

    • Habitat Control
    • Supplemental Shelter
    • Supplemental Water
    • Supplemental Food
    • Predator Control
    • Erosion Control
    • Census

Cedar Eaters has provided habitat control services for years. Our mulching machines are the perfect application for reclaiming old
pasture land encroached by cedar thickets. When possible we encourage mosaic land clearing by taking out areas of light density and leaving areas of thick density. This type of clearing provides edge and leaves behind travel corridors for wildlife.

Our hand crews are experienced at improving woodland bird habitat through thinning and selective clearing. We can promote new hardwood growth by creating inclusions around existing hardwoods. We have also created numerous brush dams and rock socks in washes and draws as a form of erosion control. Featured below are just a couple examples of the work our guys have performed over the years.

Please Note: Behind each of the 7 practices there are several activities that you can choose from to help you complete 3 of the  management practices each year. To find out more about agricultural and wildlife tax exemptions we encourage you to refer to the following links:
The Texas Property Tax Code,
Manual for the Appraisal of Agricultural Land,
Guidelines for Qualification of Agricultural Land in Wildlife Management Use

Already Wildlife Exempt? Contact Cedar Eaters today and let us assist you in implementing your wildlife management practices.
Cedar Eaters of Texas is an active member of the Texas Wildlife Association.