Landowners, Timberland

2019 Land Report 100: Emmerson Family

MINIMAL IMPACT, MAXIMUM RETURN In California, Sierra Pacific Industries’ foresters, biologists, and botanists conduct inventories of forest growth, wildlife populations  and habitat, native plants, and other forest attributes on 10 percent of the company’s 400,000 inventory plots in California each year.

The roots of Sierra Pacific Industries go back to 1949 when Curly Emmerson and his son Red went into business together, leasing a small sawmill and forming a partnership. Seventy years later, Red and his family are still in the forest products business — as the largest private US timberland owner and one of the largest US lumber manufacturers. In 2019, Sierra Pacific acquired over 126,000 acres of California forestland from Fruit Growers Supply Company. Other notable endeavors in 2019 include rebuilding a California sawmill, producing renewable biomass power from seven cogeneration electricity facilities in two states, installing 30 acres of solar panels to help power SPI’s windows and millwork plants in Red Bluff, California, and working to secure federal approval of a Habitat Conservation Plan on their California forestlands for the Northern and California spotted owls.

Please sign me up to receive breaking news and updates from The Land Report:
Print & Gift
Subscriptions Available


snow mobile

Victory Ranch

By Corinne Gaffner Garcia “Fate pulls you in different directions,” Clint Eastwood once said, referring to the …


Colorado’s Cross Mountain Ranch Lists for $100 Million

The family homestead of Lake Las Vegas developer Ronald Boeddeker, Cross Mountain’s 56,000± deeded acres …

The Land Report Fall 2019 cover

The Land Report Fall 2019

The continued appeal of land as an asset class is on full display in our …

Land Report Voices

Land Report Voices: Western Ranch Brokers

How has 2022 business been so far? 2022 has been another successful year for Western …