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Add value to your property 

When done correctly, harvesting cedar adds significant aesthetic and monetary value to your property. Our staff is trained and managed by a professional range and wildlife biologist with over 25 years experience . By strategically harvesting posts, we not only reduce the total biomass of a land clearing project, but we provide the landowner a means to reduce cost.   

Improve Habitat

Cedar is prolific and often invades the deep, rich soils in canyons and meadows, choking out more desirable browse, forbs, and grasses. It also significantly reduces water infiltration and runoff in areas where the canopy cover exceeds 80%. Eliminating these dense monocultures has been shown to:
          • Improve spring and stream flow
          • Improve health of hardwoods
          • Increase plant diversity
          • Decrease erosion due to increased grass cover

Trust our hand clearing practices to protect your property

Traditional clearing of trees using heavy equipment may be fast, but it can also be extremely destructive and leave your land damaged beyond repair. In rocky soils, pushing  brush often exposes large rocks and leaves the landscape in worse condition than pre-treatment. Hand-clearing is a much less intrusive practice.     

Having worked for the most prestigious ranches in Texas, you can be sure that we approach each project with care and consideration. We are devoted to good land stewardship and sound habitat management practices. Our mantra has always been that "a man will forget the price, but he won't forget the job". This mindset has kept us in business for over 80 years.

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Why let us harvest your cedar?

In dense, old-growth stands of cedar it is often impossible to clear and burn all of the material without damaging the existing oaks and other hardwoods. Large scale mulching leaves a deep mat of debris that inhibits grass and forb growth, and ultimately decreases range productivity. Harvesting the timber can reduce total biomass up to 75%. Posting can also yield the landowner up to $200/acre to offset some of the equipment costs.

Additionally, the Natural Resource Conservation Service actively incentivizes landowners to remove cedar through a cost-sharing program called EQIP. We cooperate with landowners and the NRCS regularly to minimize cost as much as possible. Why would the NRCS be willing to help fund these projects? Below is a sample of the research supporting cedar removal on rangesites:

Cedar (Ashe juniper) significantly alters the composition and structure of rangeland plant communities. Increasing density of cedar reduces grazeable areas for livestock and many species of wildlife because of its low forage value. It significantly reduces the production and diversity of associated plant species according to research conducted by Texas A & M University.1

According to research done by Keith Owens (A&M Experimental Station at Uvalde), there are two different issues to be considered with cedar: (1) loss of water by interception and evaporation and (2) loss of water by transpiration.

The scale-like cedar needles presumably capture rainfall and hold moisture in the needles. Cedar canopies can intercept 45% percent of rainfall, most of which can be lost through evaporation. Because so much of the Edwards Plateau is covered by cedar, this has important implications for hydrologists trying to estimate recharge based on rainfall .2

According to a study done by Texas A & M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and Grazingland Management Systems, Inc. done in 2008, the control of cedar on an acre of land is estimated to result in 0.167 added ac.ft. of groundwater recharge per year.3 (Note 0.167 ac.ft of water equals 54,417.2 gallons)

References: 

1 http://texnat.tamu.edu/library/symposia/juniper-ecology-and-management/biology-and-ecology-of-ashe-juniper/
2 http://npsot.org/wp/story/2010/1393/
3 http://www.texas-wildlife.org/files/publications/influences_of_conservation_on_water_yield.pdf