Land Report 100

Ford Family: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 18 Ford Family 580,000 acres (down 203,000 acres) In the depths of the Great Depression, Kenneth Ford (1908—1997) decided to go into business with a single sawmill that he pieced together using salvaged equipment. Ford’s first mill initially employed

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Posted in California, Feature, Land Report 100, Oregon, Pacific, Timber

Thomas Peterffy: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 17 Thomas Peterffy 581,000 acres (up 20,000 acres) This Hungarian refugee arrived in New York City in 1965 and soon began trading options on the American Stock Exchange. Ultimately, Peterffy made a name for himself by automating the trading

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Posted in Feature, Florida, Land Report 100, South, Timber

O’Connor Heirs: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 16 O’Connor Heirs 587,800 acres By the time of his death in 1887, Irish immigrant Thomas O’Connor (1817—1887) owned half a million acres in Southeast Texas and close to 100,000 head of cattle. His philosophy? “Buy land and never

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, Land Report 100, Minerals, Southwest, Texas

Hamer Family: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 15 Hamer Family 600,000 acres Since the early 1900s, five generations of Hamers have worked in the forests of West Virginia, growing trees, harvesting timber, and running sawmills and hardwood pellet plants. In 1957, James P. Hamer was recognized

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Land Report 100, South, Timber, West Virginia

Lykes Heirs: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 14 Lykes Heirs 615,000 acres With more than half of the family acreage nestled in Glades and Highland counties in Florida, heirs of Dr. Howell Tyson Lykes (1846—1906) maintain a thriving a cow-calf operation centered on the Brangus breed.

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, Florida, Hunting, Land Report 100, Recreation, South, Southwest, Texas

Briscoe Heirs: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 13 Briscoe Heirs 640,000 acres Former Texas governor Dolph Briscoe Jr. (1923—2010) ranked as the single largest landowner in Texas. Three generations of the Briscoe family have stewarded their 100,000-acre CATARINA RANCH in South Texas, the epicenter of the

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Equestrian, Feature, Land Report 100, Southwest, Texas

Wilks Brothers: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 12 Wilks Brothers 702,367 acres FRAC TECH founders Farris and Dan Wilks own ranches in Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas, and they rank as the state’s leading landowners in Montana and Idaho. At least they did at press time. Wilks

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, Idaho, Land Report 100, Minerals, Montana, Oregon, Pacific, Southwest, Tennessee, Texas, West

Pingree Heirs: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 11 Pingree Heirs 830,000 acres (up 125,000 acres) Pingree lands are consolidated in Maine and owned by fifth-, sixth-, and seventh generation descendants of David Pingree (1795—1863). Known as the Merchant Prince of Salem, Pingree’s nineteenth-century empire ultimately exceeded

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Land Report 100, Maine, Northeast, Timber

King Ranch Heirs: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 10 King Ranch Heirs 911,215 acres 2018 was a banner year for the Return to the Remuda Sale, and the participation of KING RANCH QUARTER HORSES as a guest consignor played a part. The largest crowd in sale history

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Posted in Equestrian, Feature, Land Report 100, Southwest, Texas

Peter Buck: 2018 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 9 Peter Buck 925,000 acres (up 125,000 acres) How many Subway Cold Cut Combos go into an acre of timberland? (Here’s a hint: It doesn’t matter if you order a six-inch combo or the footlong.) Only a nuclear physicist

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Posted in Feature, Land Report 100, Maine, Northeast, Timber

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