When Richard Garriott, a god among video gamers, the world’s first second-generation space traveler and sixth private astronaut, and lifelong environmental advocate, bought some beautiful, wild Central Texas land, he knew he wanted to do more to protect the property than simply let it be. Learn how the Braun & Gresham, PLLC EcoLab program brought both ecological research and tax benefits together not only for Garriott, but for the good of Texas. *(This story also falls under EcoLab).
Brian and Kate Buck respect the land and play by the rules. Working with Plateau biologists, they carefully manage their property near Austin in ways that sustain native flora and fauna, including a unique Hill Country bird, the golden-cheeked warbler. Their management practices fulfilled all the requirements to qualify for a wildlife management appraisal, but the Travis County Appraisal District denied their application. The Bucks enlisted Braun & Gresham, PLLC and took their case to court – and won. Click here for the full story on how their legal victory was not only validation for the Bucks, but also for the core principles of the wildlife appraisal allowance in the Texas Tax Code. *(This story also falls under Litigation).