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Property Tax Revolt Brewing

As the New Year gets under way, elected officials are considering curbing or rolling back property taxes in numerous states from coast to coast. That’s good news for landowners, homeowners, and real estate investors whose properties are easy pickings for

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Taxes, Topics

Behind the Woodshed: TVA

OK, let’s face facts. When it comes to bad neighbors, there are horror stories and then there’s TVA. What these guys have done make a crooked fenceline or stray livestock look like the county fair. Can anyone imagine what it must be

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Regional News, Residential Property, South, Topics, Water

Forest Service Paving the Way for Plum Creek?

The nation’s largest landowner may be getting a last-minute, going-away gift from the Bush Administration. The Forest Service may amend existing easements, a step that would allow Plum Creek Timber (NYSE:PCL) to pave roads through USFS land.  Such a move would facilitate an

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Regional News, Residential Property, Timber, Topics, West

Land Report 100er No. 87 Takes the Chair at The Nature Conservancy

Roger Milliken Jr., president and CEO of Maine’s Baskahegan Co., was named chairman of the board of The Nature Conservancy, one of the world’s largest conservation organizations. The announcement was made earlier this month. Milliken, whose family’s company owns more than 100,000

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Posted in Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Northeast, Topics

Kelo Rears Its Greedy Head in Houston

For landowners, their is no more controversial case than the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Kelo v. City of New London permitting the use of eminent domain to transfer private property from one owner to another under the guise of furthering economic development. In response

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

Plum Creek Completes First Phase of $150 Million Montana Timber Sale

The nation’s large private landowner – Plum Creek Timber (NYSE:PCL) – took the initial step towards completing the sale of an estimated 130,000 acres of Montana forestlands last week. In the first step of a three phase plan, the company received

Posted in Conservation, Equities, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Regional News, Timber, Topics, West

Commercial Developers Ask the Treasury Department for $200 Billion Bailout

The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that commercial developers who own thousands of shopping centers, office complexes, hotels, and other commercial buildings have been pressing the Treasury Department to include their industry in a $200 billion loan program being created

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Iowa Farmland Sets Record Highs for Sixth Straight Year

Iowa State reports that the value of an average acre of farmland has increased for the ninth year in a row to an all-time high. According to the survey’s director, ISU Extension farm economist Mike Duffy, land values have doubled

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Midwest, News Desk, Regional News, Topics

Obama to Nominate Salazar for Interior

Landowners in the West will have one of their own heading up the Interior Department in the new Obama Administration. According to published reports, Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO) will be named the 50th Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior

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Posted in Conservation, Energy, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Minerals, Public Land, Timber, Water

Brazil to Issue Deeds to Thousands of Landowners in the Amazon Basin

Brazilians have long feared that foreigners were exploiting great expanses of the Amazon River Basin, a story we covered earlier this year when the Brazilian government began to investigate unlawful land sales to overseas interests. Now the country has established

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Energy, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Hunting, International, Minerals, News Desk, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Timber, Topics, Water

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