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Oakhill Ranch

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:

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.


Oakhill Ranch nestled in the hills


Oakhill Ranch Satellite View


Cedars were removed to uncover a hand-laid rock wall


Cedars removed from under these large live oaks revealed Mexican plums, agarita, Texas persimmon, native grasses and wildflowers


Creek and live oaks seen from ranch house porch


The windmill becomes a focal point after clearing out cedars


These Live oaks come into their own after cedars are eliminated


Cedars encroaching on prairie were removed


Turkeys are the targeted wildlife for tax exemption

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Carl, we want you to know how much we are enjoying the results of your crew's work. They were wonderful to work with and the end results were better than we hoped for. Again thank you.

Brenham, TXread more

Believe it or not, the clearing that you helped me with has been holding well. I have had it shredded a couple of times and the grass is really taking hold. Now have about 20 good sized pecan trees beginning to branch out as they now have access to sun and space. Looks like a well kept orchard. Thank you again for a great job and for staying in touch. May all your jobs turn out as well as mine did. Jim.

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