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For land that loses “ag” valuation, Plateau works closely with our sister company, Braun & Gresham, and together we have an interesting and effective alternative to paying taxes on market value while reestablishing agricultural use. Taxes can be returned to “ag” rates if the property is made available for ecological research. Plateau and Braun & Gresham are uniquely able to set up qualifying Ecological Laboratories through our many relationships with colleges and universities.

As a conservation-minded landowner, you could substantially reduce your property taxes within six years — while fostering meaningful university studies — by allowing confidential ecological research on your property with the highly successful Texas Ecological Laboratories program. Under this program, developed by Braun & Gresham, you receive tax savings in the sixth year and transition to Wildlife Management in year seven — a compelling alternative to grazing or farming typically required for properties to qualify for favorable Ag tax rates.

Since the program’s inception in 2005 it has grown tenfold, and Plateau and Braun & Gresham have successfully achieved Ecological Laboratory status for over 390 landowners. We have also secured more than 60,600 acres of land for ecological research and gained approval for Ecological Laboratory applications in 51 different appraisal districts – a true testament to the program’s high rate of success.


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Ecological Laboratory Advantages

  • Property qualifies for wildlife management valuation in year seven.
  • Advances important scientific research.
  • Enhances relationships with universities and professors.

Ecological Laboratory Qualifications

  • Properties of 20 acres or more work best.
  • The property must be principally used for research by a college and/or university.
  • Landowner commits to funding and accommodating research projects for a five year period.

How Do I Qualify?

First, Plateau will carry out a Habitat Assessment to evaluate your property as an Ecological Laboratory. After the habitat assessment, we’ll work with our sister company, Braun & Gresham to take care of the necessary legal requirements to establish your property as an Ecological Laboratory.