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

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Preparing for the Cold: Your Winter Roof Checklist

Shoveling snow and salting walkways are to be expected, but if you really want to be prepared for winter and survive the wrath of Jack Frost, winterizing your roof is key.

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Keeping the Past Alive: 10 Architect-Approved Tips for Renovating Historic Homes

Anyone who's ever owned an old house wishes those walls could talk. Here are ten tips for renovating a historic home to keep its storied past alive.

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Finding the Right Ranch Manager: Better to Hire Local vs. Newcomer?

As part of our series on finding the right person to manage your ranch, here we consider the pros and cons of hiring a local over outsider to manage your ranch or rural property.

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A View from the Field: Understanding the Effectiveness of Aerial Wildlife Surveys

The inconsistencies and inaccuracies associated with aerial surveys as a wildlife management tool can be confounding. Wildlife expert Greg Simons shines a light on the practice.

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How Much Money Does a Ranch Manager Make?

As part of our series on finding the right person to manage your ranch, today we look at what constitutes a competitive salary for your ranch manager.

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Which Energy-Efficient Improvements Offer the Best ROI?

Transforming your home into an energy-efficient space doesn't have to break the bank. Here are a few energy-efficient home improvements that offer the best bang for your buck.

How to Qualify the Right Ranch Manager

As part of our series on finding the right person to manage your ranch, here we look at what you need to consider once you've found a prospective candidate.

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Don’t Shoot!: How Small Critters Improve the Country Lifestyle

Few people feel that small mammals like skunk, opossum and armadillo improve country lifestyle; but before you load the shotgun or set the trap, let’s look at what these animals contribute.

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The A to Z of Ranch Management: An Expert’s Glossary

As part of a series on finding the right person to manage your ranch or land, we take a detailed look at the various roles that might be found on the typical ranch.

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Uncharted Territory: Ways to Incorporate Geography Into Your Home Aesthetic

For a home that shows off your wanderlust, here are a few creative ways to incorporate geography into your home-design aesthetic.