In 2016, we sold 11 southeastern properties totaling 16,000 acres. Each property presented unique challenges requiring an intimate knowledge of the land, as well as our client’s individual goals. We are grateful for the opportunities to work on these diverse landscapes throughout the South.
By: Justin Bryan
There is no question that the demographics of rural land ownership continues to change. Where we were once largely an agrarian society with each of us having some ties to a farm or ranch, it is no longer the case as more of us completely live an urban life. Yet the desire to own a farm or especially a beautiful ranch, is still very much in the minds of most of us.
For many new ranch owners, they desire the property but prefer to avoid the ownership of their own livestock herd and/or coping with grazing leases. It’s not that they don’t understand the value of livestock, they just choose not to oversee the issues involved with livestock. Instead their goals tend to revolve around increasing the abundance and health of native vegetation, being able to view a diversity of wildlife, and reinvigorating riparian/stream and fishery ecosystems. In other words, their primary use of the land is managing it for wild things.
Historically in Texas, appraisal districts and appraised land operating with a livestock business qualify for a tax rate lower than other properties. These are known as 1-d-1 appraisals. A 1-d-1 valuation rate was not in place for those ranch owners who possessed little interest in livestock yet valued and actively invested time, money and labor into the enhancement of rangelands, forests, deserts, wetlands, wildlife, and fisheries.
Understanding that the demographics of rural land ownership in Texas was and is changing, and more importantly to support the continued landowner efforts to ecologically care for these properties, the Texas voters approved Proposition 11 in 1995. This amended 1-d-1 of the Texas Constitution thus: “to permit productivity appraisal for land used to manage wildlife.” This was followed by House Bill 1358, “adding wildlife management as an agricultural use that qualifies the land for agricultural (productivity) appraisal.” At that point, if the primary use of the land is managing for wildlife, the land could potentially qualify for the 1-d-1 valuation rate. The passage of Proposition 11 opened the doors for landowners to maintain the 1-d-1 valuation rate by actively managing for wildlife and without the responsibility of livestock.
REQUIREMENTS TO QUALIFY WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT USE
- The land must have been qualified and appraised as 1-d-1 agricultural land in the year prior to conversion to wildlife management use.
- Land must be used to generate a sustaining breeding, migrating or wintering population of indigenous wild animals.
- The indigenous wildlife populations must be produced for human use.
APPLICATION TO QUALIFY FOR WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT USE
- The landowner must submit a wildlife management plan to the chief tax appraiser in the county between January 1 and April 30 of the tax year.
- The landowner must perform 3 of the 7 management practices each year.
- Habitat Control (Management)
- Erosion Control
- Predator Control (Management)
- Providing Supplemental Supplies of Water
- Providing Supplemental Supplies of Food
- Providing Shelter
- Making Census Counts to Determine Population
For more detailed information or assistance with the agricultural tax valuation for wildlife use, feel free to contact us at Hall and Hall Farm and Ranch Management Services: Justin Bryan ([email protected]).
Additional information regarding the wildlife valuation can be found at: http://comptroller.texas.gov/taxinfo/proptax/pdf/96-354.pdf or http://forages.tamu.edu/PDF/Wildlife%20Management%20as%20Agricultural%20Use%20for%20Property%20Tax%20Valuation%20in%20Texas.pdf
The 50,000-acre Delta Marsh is an extensive open marsh located along the south shore of Lake Manitoba 60 miles west of Winnipeg that provides critical breeding and staging habitat for numerous migratory bird species. In waterfowl circles, Delta Marsh is among the most storied hunting destinations in North America and renown for its large concentrations of canvasback ducks which stage in the marsh each fall.
Beginning this month, waterfowl hunters from around the world make a pilgrimage to Delta Marsh in search of “cans” and other sought after diving and puddle ducks such as redheads, bluebills, ringnecks, mallards, pintails, and teal. Much of the marsh is managed by the Province of Manitoba as part of the Delta Marsh Wildlife Management Area, although there are scattered private holdings within the marsh.
Hall and Hall is honored to offer for the sale the largest of these private tracts referred to as York Lodge at Delta Marsh, which consists of 3,600+/- acres and 8+/- of shoreline along Lake Manitoba. Combining marsh, open water, and beachfront, this diverse property was originally purchased in the 1920s by James Ford Bell, founder of General Mills, who was drawn to Delta Marsh because of its epic canvasback hunting. A series of water controlled management areas have been developed within the property and can be managed to attract an impressive number of dabbling ducks, while points, channels, and open water bays offer classic diver hunting. The property’s forested lake shore separates Delta Marsh from Lake Manitoba and provides excellent whitetail hunting.
By: Trent Jones
This month marks the first anniversary of President Obama’s signing legislation designating three adjacent federal wilderness areas in central Idaho. The Hemingway-Boulder Wilderness (106 sq. miles) and the White Clouds Wilderness (142 sq. miles) will be managed by the Forest Service as part of the existing Sawtooth National Recreation Area, while the 183 sq. mile Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness covers both national forest and BLM lands on the edge of the White Clouds mountain range. Each agency will continue to manage its portion of the wilderness. As federal wilderness areas, no motorized or mechanized uses are allowed, although under the new law livestock grazing on wilderness lands will be allowed to continue.
Two of Hall and Hall’s listings are located immediately adjacent to these new wilderness areas. Robinson Bar Ranch lies on the north end of the White Clouds Wilderness at the confluence of Warm Springs Creek and the Salmon River. A foot trail leading from the ranch upstream along Warm Springs Creek leads hikers and horseback riders into the wilderness and connects with a larger backcountry trail network that traverses the White Clouds range.
Lost Peaks Ranch and its BLM grazing permit are located on the east side of Jerry Peak adjacent to the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness. The ranch lies at the mouth of a valley that leads directly onto Jerry Peak and into the wilderness area. Lightly used and offering lots of solitude, Jerry Peak and the surrounding area are home to some of central Idaho’s most prolific big game herds.
By: Keith Lenard
Trophy bulls are bugling in the crisp mountain air with a dusting of snow in the high country and low elevation trees just starting to turn color. This year, autumn arrived early in Montana, ushered in by moist cool air and the first snap agitates the herd in anticipation of the rut, set to arrive any minute. As I take in the lowering slant of autumnal light and that impossible blue western sky outlining craggy white peaks and deep green forests of fir and, larch and pine, I think of all the fantastic elk hunting that is to be had throughout our expansive inventory of Montana ranches for sale that include working ranches and recreational retreats.
Near Missoula are numerous A-grade hunting ranches, chock full of wildlife. The Big Blackfoot River Ranch, with over a mile of Blackfoot River frontage, beckons not only for its fabulous fall fishing, but also the tens of thousands of acres of adjacent public land, crowded with elk, deer, moose and bear.
The Clark Fork Ranch, a sleeper 30 minutes form Missoula graces the bank of the Clark Fork River with nearly four miles of frontage, public land access and robust populations of elk and deer. Further afield, in the Paradise Valley, the “secret sauce” of Strawberry Creek Ranch offers a new owner virtually exclusive access to vast tracts of public lands, not to mention the incredibly rich wildlife habitat located directly on the ranch. This hard-to-find arrangement of National Forest borders in an area otherwise very difficult to reach is one of the sweet spots our ranch brokers strive to locate for our clients.
Hall and Hall’s commitment to providing total services from financing and appraisals to land management and brokerage means that a new owner won’t have to go it alone. If a client wants to create outstanding elk habitat, we can help with that. Enhance the fishery? Yes. Develop a rotational grazing program and increase irrigation efficiency? Check. Find the ranch of your dreams? Absolutely. The autumn is here and it’s time to search.
Hall and Hall was honored to represent Ted Turner in the historic sale of his 43,000 acre Oklahoma ranch, known as Bluestem Ranch, to the Osage Nation. More than 300 Osage citizens gathered Wednesday to celebrate the purchase, a $74 million deal, which had been in the works since last year.
“It was an amazing experience to represent Ted Turner on this historic transaction,” said Hall and Hall Partner John Wildin. “He truly loves land and has become one of America’s greatest land stewards.”
Comprised of cross timbers and tallgrass prairie, the Bluestem Ranch is managed for bison grazing, which has proven to be very conducive to quality wildlife management. Bluestem’s primary species are whitetail deer, wild turkey and bobwhite quail. Waterfowl hunting and fishing are also popular.
The Osage Nation once owned nearly 1.5 million acres before the land was divided and distributed among individual tribe members in the early 1990s. Tribal holdings had decreased to less than 5 percent of the original Osage Reservation by the time Osage Nation Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear took office in 2014.
To learn more, watch this great news story by Oklahoma’s News on 6: “Land Purchase Returns Piece Of History To Osage Nation”