Owning Land

Tips and resources for the land owner and property improvement, plus advice and information about wildlife and habitat management, property taxes and more

Guide to native plants of the Southwest: Opuntia santa-rita

Guide to Native Plants of the Southwest

If you live in the American Midwest or Southwest, you are surely no stranger to the difficulties of trying to maintain a luscious, verdant garden. It can be incredibly hot and dry, making it tough to cultivate many strands of ornamental plants.

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Hunters Helping Farmers: On the Hunt for Feral Pigs with Hog Carl

Feral pigs, also called wild hogs, can pose a problem to landowners growing valuable crops. Join the author as she rides along on a South Carolina hog hunt to learn more about the connection between hunters and farmers to control this destructive species.

Guide to native plants of the Southeast: Sanguinaria canadensis

Guide to Native Plants of the Southeast

Noticing native wild plants in your area, and then choosing them for your own garden, is a great way to make sure your outdoor space looks great year round. Here are three selections for the Southeastern states of North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

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The Essential Guide to Building Your Dream Cabin in the Woods

Building a log cabin from the ground up can be complicated, time-consuming and stressful. Here are some tips for finding the right piece of land, building your cabin and options for pre-made cabins to help the project go as smoothly as possible.

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5 Best Tools for Repairing an Old Building or Barn

With the right tools and some dedication, you can turn your rundown shed, barn or cottage into a useful and attractive outbuilding. Here are five essential pieces of equipment that you'll need to get the project done.

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Tips for Managing Your Land Efficiently

Feeling overwhelmed about how you're going to manage that sprawling new acreage you've just purchased? Fret not. Our expert shares her insights for keeping your land beautiful, natural and manageable.

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7 Eco-Conscious Ways to Heat Your Home This Winter

There are more than a few eco-friendly ways to heat your home, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the more popular alternatives to help you think sustainably and keep your home warm this winter.

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Planning Considerations for Farmers and Ranchers

While farmers and ranchers confront the same problems as any business owner regarding succession planning, wealth preservation and estate taxes, they also face many unique issues. Specific tax rules, regulations, and the nature of their industry requires a specialized focus and expertise when planning for such clients.

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I’ve Been Contacted by a Wind Farm—What Should I Do?

Wind developers rely on landowners to make their terrain available for wind turbine construction. This mutually beneficial agreement gives wind ...

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The Wild Side of Business: Risk Management 101

Greg Simons’ quarterly column focuses on the enterprise aspects of wildlife-based recreation that takes place on private lands across the country.