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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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I am writing on behalf of Carl Brockman, who performed land clearing for Black-capped Vireo habitat restoration for Travis County in February 2004. Mr. Brockman proved to be very professional and demonstrated a great deal of expertise, care and concern during all phases of the project. His understanding of native vegetation and our ultimate goal was paramount in allowing him to often work unsupervised. I strongly recommend his services for habitat restoration or manipulation. If you require any further information. please call me.

Paul FushilleTravis County TNR
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Our place has been sculpted by a true naturalist and professional. I cannot say enough nice things about Carl and Natural Texas and would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to improve the look and the health of their property.

Robert CordesPaige, Texas
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