Wildlife Exemption – First Things First
WildlifeExemption.com is here to make your life easier. We help by developing management plans for private landowners such as yourself that can be used to convert agricultural lands into wildlife management use, ie. a wildlife tax valuation. However, before we proceed with working with you to create a wildlife exemption management plan for your property, we both need to make sure you meet the minimum qualifications to convert your land to wildlife valuation.
First, do you currently have a 1-d-1 agricultural valuation on your property? Secondly, have you owned your property for at least 2 years? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then we can help you develop a comprehensive wildlife management plan. If you answered no to either, then there is a chance we can still help you but we will need more information to determine whether or not you can move forward. We can make a precise determination if you simply enter some basic information here to start the process. A wildlife management plan must be submitted to your local tax appraisal district to convert your property to a wildlife valuation. So, why switch to wildlife?
Benefits of the Wildlife Exemption
What are the benefits of a wildlife exemption? Well, first and foremost habitat management and enhancement helps native wildlife, whether it be neotropical migrants (songbirds), upland game birds, or white-tailed deer. But native plants and animals are not the only ones that benefit from the wildlife valuation of your property — you benefit, too! It’s a win-win situation. Not only do good land stewards feel good about making their property better, but landowners can also maintain the same tax rate on a property as was under an agricultural tax valuation without performing traditional farming and ranching practices.
Ag valuation rates are typically less than $2 an acre. Compare that to residential valuations that start at $30-40 an acre. Even on a 30 acre tract that is a minimum tax difference of $840 annually! Lastly, the benefit of using WildlifeExemption.com is that you can ensure that the management practices implemented on your property are in-line with state and local county appraisal district requirements. Not only will our experience get your formal management plan right the first time, but we will save you time and aggravation.
Overview of the Wildlife Exemption
The wildlife exemption, which is more properly termed wildlife tax valuation, allows a qualifying landowner in the state of Texas to have their property valued at the agricultural tax rate without traditional farming or ranching practices taking place on the land. The wildlife valuation is not a passive program, but more precisely refers to a property that is being actively managed for improved wildlife habitat. To qualify, at least three out of seven general management practices must be implemented.
The 7 Management Practices of Wildlife Tax Valuation
- Habitat Control
- Supplemental Shelter
- Supplemental Water
- Supplemental Food
- Predator Control
- Erosion Control
Property Size Determines Management Options
Not all wildlife species can be managed for on every property. Just as habitat requirements and space considerations are biologically based for all wildlife species, property size dictates the appropriate types of animals that can be managed for on any parcel of land. The verbage to qualify for wildlife valuation states that the habitat found on a property must provide breeding, wintering, or nesting habitat.
Property size and the plant communities found on a property determine the focal species that make sense when applying for a wildlife exemption tax valuation. Smaller properties, such as those less than a couple hundred acres in size, are better suited to the management of smaller critters such as songbirds, doves, bats, amphibians and pollinators. Larger properties, on the other hand, can be managed for animals that use larger areas, such as white-tailed deer and wild turkey.