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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The Pleasures & Treasures of Owning Rural Lands in Texas

With some 96 percent of the Texas landscape being held by private ownership, let’s look at some of the pleasures and treasures that are reflective of today’s interest in owning a piece of Texas.

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What the New Tax Law Means for Agriculture & Rural Landowners

The largest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in three decades went into effect this year, impacting farmers, ranchers and other rural landowners in a variety of ways. For the most part, financial experts anticipate benefits for these groups.

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How to Install Power on Vacant Land

Whether you’re setting up a camp in a rural area or starting a house on an empty lot, you’ll need some power to truly make it livable. Here's a guide to running power or electricity to your land.

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The Wild Side of Business: Top 10 Customer-Service Strategies

There are few industries that offer as much of an opportunity to profoundly impact client satisfaction through basic customer-service strategies as what you find in wildlife-based recreational enterprises. Our regular columnist outlines his ten tips for customer-service success.

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How to Invest in Land With a Self-Directed Retirement Account

If you make money by selling, leasing or developing raw land, you can put these same strategies to work for your future with a self-directed retirement plan.

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Are Solar Panels Worth the Investment for Your Home?

My neighbors have solar panels. Each time I drive up our driveway those panels glare back at me with judgement. ...

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Peace of Mind on the Ranch: Livestock Insurance Helps Protect Against Weather and Market Risks

Raising livestock can be a rewarding but sometimes risky business. One risk management tool available to producers is livestock insurance, which can pay off both financially and in terms of peace of mind.

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Impacts of Brush Management on Land Values

When it comes to brush work, it’s been said that you should know your plants, know their values and know how to manipulate them. So, as a land owner, don't simply focus on goals that only suit the needs of today but consider how to best preserve or enhance your land values for tomorrow.

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3 Lawn Care Practices You Can Do Yourself

Your lawn should be the pride of your landscaping. Thick, vibrant green grass makes any outdoor space more beautiful, drives up your property values, and keeps your yard cool and comfortable. Unfortunately, you probably can’t get the lush lawn of your dreams without help.

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.