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Florida to Pay $1.75 Billion for 187,000 Acres in the Everglades

In a massive deal announced earlier today, the State of Florida will acquire almost 300 square miles of the Everglades in and around the south end of Lake Okeechobee from U.S. Sugar Corp. for $1.75 billion ($9,000+ per acre).

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Posted in Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, South, Topics, Water

Brokaw Steps up to Meet the Press

Losing Tim Russert was the sort of blow that makes you take pause. The man was 58 years old and at the top of his game, and it showed each week he hosted Meet the Press. I don’t know if

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk

678,000 Acres for $20 Million?

For the price of a penthouse overlooking Central Park, an investor could also buy 1,000 square miles in Brazil. Prices such as this listing in the Amazon River basin’s Madeira River are one of the many reasons that many are looking

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Hunting, International, News Desk, Timber, Topics, Water

Rising Fuel Costs & the American Landowner

11 billion miles. That’s the decrease in the number of miles Americans drove in March 2008 versus March 2007, according to the Federal Highway Administration. As this article in the Wall Street Journal points out, the 4.3 percent drop is

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature

Fire Fuels Pinon Canyon Debate

Lightning has struck twice. The Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site is front-page news yet again, only this time the focus of the controversy is not just eminent domain but wildfire.

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Posted in Feature, News Desk, West

South Dakota Land Values Move Up

According to a recently released report from South Dakota State University, land values are up more than 25 percent across the state. Cash rents have also increased, gaining 15 percent over the same period. The report states that these are the highest increases the state has seen

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Posted in Feature, Great Plains

In Focus: The Forest Landowners Association

Created in 1941, the Forest Landowners Association (FLA) is a proactive, progressive, grassroots organization of timberland owners – large and small – that owns and operates more than 37 million acres of timberland in 47 states. It is the only

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Posted in Conservation, Eddie Lee Rider, Feature, South, Timber, Topics

The Rise and Fall of Ethanol

One of the more telling anecdotes about ethanol comes from Boone Pickens. It’s always an eye-opener to listen to this master raconteur discuss energy and politics. Last month I heard him tell an audience at Georgetown University about a sit-down

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk

High Price of Corn Means Less Land for CRP

Driving today I tuned into C-SPAN Radio on my XM dial looking for something better than the latest Top 20. I caught the tail end of a conversation,  Congressional testimony it sounded like, regarding the current food crisis that is

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Posted in Conservation, Energy, Farming, Feature, Midwest

Maine Goes Public on 10 Million Acres

The last and largest contiguous block of forestland east of the Mississippi – more than 10 million acres – is up for grabs … at least as far as public policy goes. Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission is now holding public

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Northeast, Regional News

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