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Habitat Management Services

Habitat Management is the key to wildlife management. Get the most from what you have and make changes as needed to achieve your goals. My services span everything from advice to implementation. I can tell you what needs to be done and how to do it or I can do it all for you.
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Cattle Management - usually has more impact on your wildlife habitat than any other management element.
2.
Brush Management - second only to cattle (as an important management element), and in some cases, has more impact than cattle, on your wildlife habitat.
3.
Tree or Brush Plantings - for shelter in open country.
4.
Government Cost Share Programs - financial assistance is out there to help you improve your habitat.
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Miscellaneous Practices - include using sub-contractors for shredding, disking, dozer work, hydro-ax, and water wells.

 


 

1. Cattle Management - Cattle usually have more impact on wildlife habitat t han any other element. Cattlel are an excellent habitat management tool when used correctly. If you overstock a nd continuous graze you will damage your land, not only for wildlife, but, also for cattle, moisture retention and grass/forage production. Stock and manage for the long term, not the short term. Depending on your goals for the property, I can get the cattle operation in like with the property. Elements to be reviewed prior to setting a plan:
a.
Stocking Rates - How many animal units to the acre?
b.
Grazing Systems - Is your place cross-fenced with water so the cattle can be moved around?
c.
Cross Fencing
d.
Surface Water
e.
Ground Water
f.
Government Cost Share Programs to help you pay for the practices mentioned
I can help you with your cattle or I can find someone to manage your cattle for you that will suit your ranch. Currently I run about 135 head of cattle on several ranches and I hope to expand to management minded properties. I can put cattle on your property and manage the habitat most effectively.

2. Brush Management- The invasion of noxious species such as Chinese Tallow, Cedar and others can ruin wildlife habitat as well as lower the aesthetic value of your ranch.
Elements to be reviewed prior to setting a plan:
a.
Type of Brush - Running Live Oak, Yaupon Cedar, Chinese Tallow, McCartney Rose, etc.
b.
Proper Control Methods - mechanical, chemical, or a combination
c.
Cost of Control
d.
Brush Management - priority areas and design to maximize the benefit for your interests.
I will make recommendations and determine how to best approach helping you realize your goals. If there are any Cost Share programs that could help you with expenses I will make you aware of them. I will meet on site with all necessary contacts to implement the recommendations then continue to monitor their progress until the project is completed.

3. Tree or Brush Establishment- If you do not have any trees or brush, I can recommend the species that will be most effective for attracting wildlife.
Elements to be reviewed prior to setting a plan:
a.
Wildlife - and tree or brush species desired
b.
Establishment - location and pattern
c.
Cost - of tree or brush establishment
d.
Proper Timing - of purchase and planting
Recommendations for tree or brush establishment will be the most effective at meeting your goals and at benefiting the wildlife you desire on your property. This service includes locating, purchasing and planting your trees or brush at an appropriate time.

4. Government Cost Share Programs- This is something you should take a look at. There are several programs that my fit your goals.
Elements to be reviewed prior to setting a plan:
a.
Areas - on your ranch could benefit from these programs
b.
Whic of the Programs - if any would suit your ranch and your goals
c.
Details of the Program - and how it fits your needs
 
1.
Cost to you
 
2.
Restrictions
 
3.
Benefits to you and your property
 
4.
Positive and negative (if any) impacts of the program
I will meet with the proper people and find out if you qualify for any of the programs. If you do, I will implement the program for you, including contacting sub-contractors to complete the job.

Other Practices:
During my tenure with TPWD I have met and seen the work of many sub-contractors. I can recommend or contract folks that will do a good job at a reasonable price from busting brush to building a camp house.
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Dozer operators
2.
Hydro-ax
3.
Maintainer/motor grader
4.
Water well
5.
Shredding
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Disking
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Plumbing
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Builders
9.
Electricians