When residing in a new rural environment, or managing rural land as part of a business, it’s important to know how to manage your square acreage with care and attentiveness. But how you begin this most complex of tasks can elude even the best strategist among us. It’s true that the more land you have, the more you have to think about, but applying the best timeless principles to this endeavor can often grant us a complex and thorough means of bettering our land management.
Once you or your business entity are in ownership of the land, you will need to protect it as an asset. While it can seem like wild acreage takes care of itself as per the laws of nature, there are methods we can take to ensure it is well protected, divided and understood, as well as preserved from the natural machinations of the world around it.
For that reason, we would love to explore this topic with you. We hope that anyone burdened with this most important of tasks can make a success of their ownership:
Security should be your first port of call when managing rural land you now own. Land can be the victim of many untoward issues, such as trespassing from those walking in the wilderness (deliberate or not), farm animals or wildlife wandering or escaping their natural confines, or even thefts and robberies of farming equipment or the items you have stored there. Security may not only mean preventing people from getting in, but also preventing problems from getting out. For instance, it may be that you host a large venue in this area each year, and you require people to move through the official entrance and exits so that you can confirm their safety when in attendance of your property. Leaving through gaps in the fencing, or through climbing certain infrastructure, may leave you open to a lawsuit that shouldn’t have been your fault.
Security can mean fencing, floodlights, warning signs, barbed wire, or less intensive measures such as growing hedges and directing footpaths in the right direction. Either way, for the maintenance and proper upkeep of your land, it’s important that you secure it properly.
It’s important that you survey the land appropriately, because you can’t quite ensure te health of your property if you’re not entirely sure what it entails. Surveying means guaging accurate distances and measurements of your property, which can then be used to designate its proper value. A land survey can be an extremely detailed map of all features and landmarks of a certain property, down to the minutiae of the environment, to a simple reading of the measurements as described above. Even if the land was accurately surveyed when you purchased it, it can be worth having this redone over the years, as the means in which you use the land, natural changes in the environment and geographical variances can differ over time.
Public Utility Access
Remember that while you may own the land, other public utilities may be directed here, particularly in rural environments. It’s not uncommon for telephone lines, underground pipelines or even internet wires to stay under a property, and to that degree you may have to provide access at any time.
For example, consider a large water wheel connected to to the larger sewer system. You may find that it has a large, protected fencing around such a public utility. This is not ‘your land,’ but it may be ‘on’ or ‘within’ your land. This means that keeping the area free from obstruction and making satisfactory attempts to secure the surrounding area could be required of you. If you’re not sure of your responsibilities, be sure to speak to the governing public utility office tasked with its maintenance and upkeep. Additionally, consider how this may translate to your own developmental efforts in the area, as sometimes your business approach may have to take this into consideration.
For instance, if using this land to run a summer festival, odds are you will not be permitted to allow campers to camp around said public utility. For this reason, knowing the terms of said responsibility is crucial.
Maintaining your land is of course as important as securing and surveying it. Many can underestimate just what it takes to develop and care for land, especially during intense weather seasons or when irrigating it as a first step. Thankfully, you needn’t have to focus on this alone. There are many excellent services out there fully geared towards helping you maintain your land with care and consideration.
For instance, we would recommend that you look into woodland management services for a wide range of practical management efforts, helping you remove dead forestry, conserve the natural beauty, and even survey the land as described earlier. With a professional service such as this on your side, you will no doubt make maintenance and management of your rural environment a much easier process to deal with. That can be a great first step.
Of course, cultivating the land to the degree you are able is an important measure to take, and will help you slowly transition this from wild rural space into something more functional. From digging into the land to provide a large pathway into the main area, marketing a parking environment through the use of fence posts and applied ground paints (for temporary setups), ensuring that ground is measured and prepared for stage venues, or simply applying for the construction permits to begin work, it’s important that you ensure all the metrics of the land are suitable for this particular task before you purchase it, and then get to work as soon as you can. Keep in mind seasons, weather conditions, and the logistics necessary to make your enterprise a success. From here, the land will continually take shape as part of your best intention.
With this advice, you’re sure to better acquire and manage your rural land.