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Land gone bad

Suppose you have inherited a piece of property about two hours from where you live and work, on an undeveloped lot on a lake. It is a beautiful spot, and you intend to build a small summer house on it, so you and your family can vacation there. You've been saving up to do this, but after five years have passed, environmentalists discover that your property is part of "critical habitat" for the spotted green-toed guttersnipe, a species of lizard protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. This means you will never be able to build on that land. What is your reaction?

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1. Set objectives that can be accomplished
Now that you have your management objectives in hand, it's time to determine if those objectives are feasible for your property. Here in my home state of New Hampshire I would love to raise acres of soybeans for deer; however, I'd go broke trying to convert my granite hillside into tillable land! To be successful at managing habitat you need to set reasonable objectives you can actually accomplish.

2. Work with a professional
To determine which of your management options are feasible, you should work closely with a professional wildlife biologist or forester , and assess the resources available on your property. If your only interest is improving deer habitat and hunting opportunities, base your assessment on those objectives. However, if you are interested in other recreational activities or managing timber resources, you'll need to make a more ...

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