Doing what needs to be done
At this 200 acre ranch 3.5 miles from the Y at Oak Hill, Ashe Juniper (locally referred to as cedar) was invading a creek bottom meadow. Natural Texas used a large skid steer forestry mower to mulch cedars in the open while a hand crew (arborists) pulled them out from under/between hardwoods in the meadow. Turkeys are the targeted wildlife for tax exemption. The arborists left native forage for turkeys while removing the cedars.
Other important clearing was accomplished at the same time. The highly flammable cedars on the slope below the ranch house were removed to provide a defensible space for fire fighters in the event of fire. Visibility and accessibility between meadows and along a ranch road following the creek was improved dramatically while leaving cover/shelter for the turkeys. Stately live oaks and red oaks, a creek bottom with a stone fence and a windmill became prominent when cedars were removed. Ten acres were needed to maintain the exemption and over 16 were delivered within the budget.
About Carl Brockman
An Austin native, Carl Brockman is passionate about preserving the natural landscape of Texas. Carl is an ISA Certified Arborist, formally trained in prescribed burn management and in wildland firefighting, educated in wildlife management, and has more than twenty years experience helping landowners realize their properties’ potential. Through Carl’s experience and vision, Natural Texas has the ability to increase the productivity of your land, as well as its value.