Eric OKeefe

Clint Eastwood Goes One on One with The Land Report

Clint Eastwood sticks to his guns. Not just when creating iconic characters such as Rowdy Yates, “Dirty” Harry Callahan, and Bill Munny or in his scintillating body of work as a director, but as a landowner. He’s interrupted a family

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Magazine, November 2007, Pacific

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

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

“Land is the Riskiest Form of Speculative Real Estate”

Every once is a while, someone gets it so wrong that they end up being right. This quote by Paul Puryear, a housing analyst at Raymond James & Associates, ran in today’s Wall Street Journal. It’s about CALPers and its tanking

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Pacific

Max Baucus Out to Ax Timber Tax

Timber sales are typically taxed at the standard 15 percent capital gain rate. Yet timber companies typically pay the standard 35 percent corporate tax rate. This quirk in the tax law has led many timber companies including Plum Creek and Potlatch to restructure as

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Timber, Topics, West

Did Anyone Else See This?

This Smart Money cover story touting rural land as an investment almost slipped by me. Fortunately, a Land Report reader brought it to my attention. Charitable giving, making a career change, a complete home makeover, collecting art, following a favorite

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature

The Clean Energy Scam

Amazing new diets, intriguing self-help books, a daily dose of St. John’s Wort – we are a country obsessed with quick fixes. Now, as Time points out in this cover story titled The Clean Energy Myth, we can add ethanol

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Midwest, News Desk

For Sale: Boot Jack Ranch

The most mystifying aspect to the $88 million Boot Jack Ranch, which is currently listed with a Sotheby’s affiliate in Telluride, is that it’s owned by a Silicon Valley commercial real estate developer. This property is a textbook example of

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

Cattlemen, Conservationists, & Developers Duke It Out in Arizona

The fate of more than 9 million acres of public lands may soon rest in the hands of the citizens of Arizona in large part because of a stalled effort in the Arizona legislature.

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk

Fortune Magazine Gets It Wrong

Fortune Small Business didn’t just miss the boat. They missed the dock with this article that was supposed to single out the top cities to start your own company.

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk

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