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Moist-Soil Management

Moist-soil research and the development of management techniques has been an expanding process since the early 1900's in the United States. While most of us view moist-soil management primarily from the perspective of improving habitat for waterfowl and being able to attract and hold ducks, the overall conservation impact is much broader.


The science of managing moist-soil units has increased dramatically as it has become a major piece of the conservation puzzle. Soil disturbance, water management with its variables of flooding timing, rate, and duration, and then subsequent drawn-downs (and again with its timing, rate, and duration) are just a few of the components of properly managing moist-soil wetlands for optimum plant growth, wildlife habitat, and food sources.


WRP land and other types of wetland habitat require land owners and managers to learn some of the required science if they desire to make the most of the wetland habitat. In addition to the hard and fast science, there are also the nuances and "exceptions to the rules" that are as valid as the science. These subtle shifts from the printed facts can only be learned, in my opinion and experience, by trial and error and observation as each land manager applies the science to his particular locale. So, if you you are having a cuckleburr problem, should you begin a draw-down in late April or mid-May in your area? The facts will give you a general guide...but your trial and error and paying attention to what works...and when...will be where you will become a better manager.


04 June

Excerpt from "Dumb Questions: Avoid Asking These Questions When You're Buying Rural Real Estate"

“Can you find me a small property that joins Phil Robertson’s place?”

Ha! You think I am kidding. I wish I was making this stuff up.
In the early days of the Robertson family’s rise to fame with Duck Dynasty, this was a call or email I personally got – oh, I would say – 12-15 times. We were a land broker with the same area code as Phil and Willie Robertson so we got the calls. One guy from Texas called a couple times and insisted there be lots of cypress trees on the property I was to find for him with Spanish moss on them. Yes, it had to have lots of Spanish moss.
Those phone calls died down but then another round of calls and emails started a couple years ago when RecLand became the Duck Commander and Buck Commander Endorsed Land Broker. You know and I know that there is a difference between Duck Dynasty, the TV show and Duck Commander, the duck call and outdoor products company. But because the Robertson family is central to both, people assumed we were once again the main conduit to being able to purchase a duck hole right next to Mr. Phil’s out on the Ouachita River in northeast Louisiana.
Yea, I will get right on that for you.
By the way, I never found a tract with lots of Spanish moss for that guy i...
03 June

Making Improvements to Sell Land or Just Add Value

Making improvements to your land is an ongoing process. Whether you want to make some improvements to enhance the resell value, or just do a few projects to help you enjoy the place more, there's always plenty to do. Here, Pat Porter offers a list of projects he's personally been involved with on rural land tracts of all sizes.

Excerpt from "How to Sell Your Land Faster - Proven Ways to Improve the Value and Desirability of Rural Land"

by Pat Porter

Your tract may be drop dead beautiful down by that cypress slough, but if we can't get buyers down there to it...well, you get the point. Sellers will typically underestimate the value in passable roads, trails and creek crossings. But buyers notice them, or lack of them, right away. And they put more value on them being there than it usually will cost to put them there.
Most buyers don't want to pay thousands of dollars per acre for a project. They want to be able to close the sale at 11:00 a.m. and be riding their 4-wheeler on the place before dark. You and I know that a decent dozer operator can cut many trails for $100-150 per hr. over a couple days and that a 36-inch culvert can get us across that creek in the back, but most buyers don't want to solve that problem themselves.
If you invested the time and/or mon...
28 May

New Land Book by RecLand

Pat Porter has just released a sixth land-related book. It's a follow-up book to "Land Buying Tips From the Pros." It's currently available in ebook and print. It will be available in audiobook late June.


Pat compiled several chapters from prominent land professionals and wrote two chapters himself. Topics include surveying, financing, western ranches, access, rural home site development, and more.

Check it out at and download your copy today.

19 May

Land Real Estate Books

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These books are written by a top land broker and are targeted to topics about rural real estate. The principles will apply to all types of real estate and can be used by land agents or residential Realtors but the major focus, themes, and perspectives are from a land guy talking about rural land. All the books are in ebook & audio formats and two of them can also be bought in paperback.


Most of the books have chunks of material that can help you make improvements to your land that will increase future value or just make your place better.


The titles are


“How to Sell Your Land Faster”

“The Stuff the Best Land Agents Do”

“Land Buying Tips From the Pros”

“Land Mines”

"Dumb Questions"

"MORE Land Buying Tips From the Pros" - NEW!

They are all for sale at Amazon HERE.


06 May

Visit the LandThink blog for resources and articles

Visit the LandThink blog for land-related articles & discussions.

01 May