Burton, Texas Cotton Gin Festival 2013
It was a beautiful Spring day in Burton Texas, new leaves on the trees and green grass, the temperature was in the low 70’s. There were plenty of vendors along with Natural Texas. Lots of good stuff to eat, a tractor pull, a cotton gin in operation, and a cotton gin museum. There was the usual German polka band, with beer and dancing. Everyone had a great time.
The people were from all over--from California and Minnesota as well as Central Texas. They all had questions concerning their brush and small trees on their property. They had limited visibility and accessibility to get familiar with their property. Everyone one wanted a trail to go see and show friends and family their place. Usually they wanted to make the land better for wildlife by providing food and shelter. Some were interested in deer and others were interested in birds. What they all had in common was the need to manage their land for wildlife and for their land use preference.
Natural Texas uses a forestry mower to mulch brush and small trees where they stand. The mulch provides the benefits of retaining moisture during drought, shading soil from the hot Texas sun, and eventually decomposing into beneficial nutrients for the remaining plants and grasses. This method of land clearing is much better than dozers and enables Natural Texas to restore Texas land naturally.
Everyone that came by had their special need…locate where a house was to be built…fence line cleared…ATV trails and vistas. Lots of questions were answered. I met some wonderful people who we will be working with next week. We will be helping correct an erosion problem and thinning out brush and trees from under large trees growing in a former creek.
Forest and Land Management
You and your crew did a wonderful job clearing and mulching at my place near McDade last winter. The woods were very overgrown after decades of neglect. In three days work, you and your crew removed a huge amount of brush and ‘fire ladders’, making a vast improvement for wildlife and fire safety. You listened to my requests but made numerous suggestions how to improve the plans that I had made, with the result of more benefits for wildlife and more beauty to appreciate. I was astonished how you guys could work fast and accomplish a lot with the big forestry mower, yet leave unscathed even small bushes we wanted to save. You taught me a lot about taking care of the place and the new pathways and pocket meadows have been a joy for me and my family. I’m looking forward to having you do more this year. Let me mention that all our interactions were very professional, your team came when you said they would, and I can’t think of anything to complain about. I recommended you to my neighbors and I’m happy to answer any questions about your work. Best regards, Dave Naumann Mc Dade, TX and Hoboken, NJDave NaumannLand Steward
Wow! Your work is absolutely beautiful. You and your crew have truly over-delivered. ln the coming weeks, l will get out to Camp Bowie to GPS the boundaries of your work to get a cost per acre estimate as reference for future contracts. We need your expertise, especially when conducting brush management in sensitive areas. Thank you so much for making this, one of my first completed contracts, a HUGE success.John LindseyCamp Bowie