Conservation

SOLD! The Envy of New England

The Conservation Fund acquires CHADBOURNE TREE FARMS from a pioneering New England family. BY CARY ESTES PHOTOGRAPHY BY JERRY MONKMAN A premier swath of high-quality timberland in Western Maine that has been utilized as a working forest since the late

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Posted in Auctions, Cary Estes, Conservation, Feature, Maine, Northeast, Timber

Reduced! Eldon Stock Farm Now Offered at $55 Million

Eldon Stock Farm is now being offered at $55 million cash, down from $75 million. This singular 7,100-acre landholding – only 75 miles from Washington, D.C. – offers tremendous conservation opportunities and even greater potential for strong investment returns. Painstakingly

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Estates, Feature, Gustav Schmiege, News Desk, South, Virginia

Finance Committee Slams Bogus Appraisals and Shady Tax Deals

The bipartisan Senate Finance Committee determined that inflated property appraisals and “sham partnerships” often enabled tax cheats to claim more in deductions than lawfully allowed. Investigators unearthed emails detailing how crooked syndicators engineered easements to yield more lucrative tax breaks

Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk

Land Report Top Ten: Summer 2020

Our new No. 6, WHITNEY PARK, showcases the timeless allure of New York’s breathtaking Adirondack Park. — The Editors 01. BREWSTER RANCHES | $319.2 MILLION This massive assemblage of 420,000 acres in the Big Bend country of Far West Texas

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Colorado, Conservation, Equestrian, Farming, Feature, Florida, Hunting, New York, Northeast, Oregon, Pacific, Recreation, Residential Property, South, Southwest, Texas, Utah, West

Fish & Wildlife Service Proposes Rule Defining Habitat

This landmark development will impact the listing of endangered and threatened species. The agency’s proposed definition aligns with the Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. the US Fish and Wildlife Service, which held that an area may only

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land

FOR SALE: Adirondack Landmark Whitney Park Listed for $180 Million

William C. Whitney established the 36,000-acre Adirondack landmark in 1897. He paid $1.50 an acre for approximately 80,000 acres in and around the New York township of Long Lake. Socialite, philanthropist, and renowned Thoroughbred breeder Marylou Whitney inherited the estate

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Posted in Conservation, Estates, Feature, New York, News Desk, Northeast, Recreation, Timber

The Conservation Fund Acquires Colorado’s Sweetwater Lake

The 488-acre purchase of one of Colorado’s largest natural lakes means the water and surrounding terrain will fall under federal protection thanks in part to the Great American Outdoors Act, which the Senate passed on June 17. Once approved by

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Posted in Colorado, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Water, West

Conservation Fund Highlights Achievements in New Report

156 projects in 35 states. 207,000 acres worth more than $323 million. 5,000 jobs created or kept. These are a few of the facts and figures contained in The Conservation Fund’s 2019 Annual Report, which is now available online. Founded

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, News Desk

Land Report 2019 Conservation Deal of the Year: Las Varas Ranch in California

Las Varas Ranch is donated to the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). In a move that won praise from both educators and environmentalists, Berkshire Hathaway’s second-in-command funded the $70 million acquisition of the historic 1,800-acre Las Varas Ranch by

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Conservation, Feature, News Desk, Pacific

The Conservation Fund Acquires Chadbourne Tree Farms

In purchasing the 15,408 acres in Western Maine, the nonprofit intends to protect the historic forestland from both development and fragmentation while also honoring the land’s history. The prized timberland dates to 1634 when England’s King Charles I sent William

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Maine, News Desk, Northeast, Timber

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