Habitat

Expert advice and insights for managing habitat on your land, property and land improvements, habitat for wildlife and more.

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Living with Wildfire

If you’re a landowner in a wildfire-prone area, it’s important to be aware of what you can do to reduce the risk of catastrophic loss and promote natural resource recovery in the event a fire does strike.

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Backyard Conservation: Endangered Species & the Role Landowners Play

About half the species listed as endangered or threatened have the majority of their habitat on private lands, giving landowners an essential role in their conservation. Here's a look at some of the federal programs in place to assist and incent landowners to contribute to species preservation.

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Preserving America’s Great Spaces: Montana’s American Prairie Reserve

The Great Plains is a landscape that has been valued by humans for centuries, from the Native Americans who inhabited it to the artists, explorers and fur trappers who marveled at its wildlife bounty. Since the 19th century, a variety of efforts have been undertaken to ensure that America’s Great Plains remains intact for future generations.

Indian paintbrush (Castilleja linariifolia) wildflowers growing in the mountains of central Idaho.

Guide to Native Plants of the Mountain West

The Mountain West is a region of majesty and beauty. The wide mountain range lends to native plants that can survive in adverse conditions. The following native plants of the Mountain West can be seen in various habitats and do well in area gardens and landscapes.

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.

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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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.

Winter Wheat: Texas’ Best All-Around Wildlife Food Plot

Wheat that is planted with a grain drill provides beneficial interstitial spacing of plants, thus enhancing the foraging navigation for small birds, such as dove and quail.

How to Manage Your Habitat for Quail Sustainability

One of the most avid and dedicated group of hunters in the entire state of Texas are those that pursue quail. Often their most cherished possession is one or more good dogs that flush coveys and retrieve birds after they have been shot. Addicted quail hunters will freely spend money to support their habit.

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How to Create Sustainable Habitat for Big Game Production

This article is adapted from a presentation by Texas Tech's Dr. Warren Conway on “Sustainable Rangelands for Big Game Production and Habitat Management.”

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Save Our Trees!: The Plight of the Eastern Hemlock

Got hemlocks? Look out for these special trees on your land. The hemlock is under threat from an invasive insect species that has particularly taken hold throughout the eastern United States.

Grazing as a Habitat Management Tool

Ruben Cantu and Greg Simons of Wildlife Consultants offer an overview of the benefits of livestock and game grazing to improve ranch and farm habitat.

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The Value of Restoration: A TWA Topic

Linda Campbell and husband David Mahn headed west, searching for a ranch they could manage for quail, which meant buying in either South Texas or West Texas. They had a budget, a wish list—and a vision.

How to Optimize Habitat on Your Land

There is a subtle, but critical difference between optimizing habitat and maximizing habitat.

Brush and Wildlife Management

How to Manage Brush on Your Land & Rural Property

Written by Greg Simons and Ruben Cantu, Wildlife Biologists | Wildlife Consultants, Inc. “Measure twice, cut once” is good advice for carpenters—and for ...

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Habitat Management Practices for Wildlife Valuation

While agricultural tax valuation is fairly common, Texas landowners have a unique opportunity to qualify for wildlife management valuation.

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How to Manage Small Habitats on Your Land

Just as there are creatures great and small, there are habitats great and small. Landowners, regardless of the size of their holdings, can make a difference for wildlife by improving the habitat.

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Restoring Native Plants on Rangelands

Hunting and wildlife have become an increasingly important source of both income and recreation on ranches across Texas. As landowners have sought ways to maximize wildlife habitat, restoring rangeland with native plants and grasses have garnered a growing amount of attention.