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Sold! Boot Jack Ranch Goes for $47 Million

BY ERIC O’KEEFE One of the country’s premier listings, Colorado’s Boot Jack Ranch, sold earlier this month for $47 million. Originally listed at $88 million more than two years ago, the price had been subsequently lowered to $68 million. The Pagosa Sun

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Developers, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Land Report Top 10, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Regional News, Topics, West

$500 Million Everglades Deal Postponed Again

Florida Gov. Charlie Christ is getting a lesson that real estate brokers know all too well: big deals take time. It’s been almost two years since Christ announced the $1.75 billion purchase of 187,000 acres in the Florida Everglades from

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Regional News, South

Historic Dahlstrom Ranch Conservation Easement Finalized

A conservation easement of historic proportions was purchased in the heart of the Texas Hill Country only a short drive from the Capitol of Texas. Hays County, the City of Austin, and the Hill Country Conservancy (HCC), with funding from

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Developers, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Southwest, Topics

Crossing the Divide with Al Biernat

When it came to the Colorado hamlet of Creede, it was love at first sight for Dallas restaurateur Al Biernat (standing front and center with wife Jeannie and writer Trey Garrison). And what’s not to love about Creede? Nestled among

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Posted in Developers, Feature, Federal Policy, Gustav Schmiege, Minerals, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Topics, Trey Garrison, Water, West

Sonia Sotomayor & Property Rights

The current issue of The Land Report takes an in-depth look at Obama Administration and the American Landowner. Since that issue came off the press, the President has already been faced with a crucial task: nominating a replacement for Supreme

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

Duke Energy Makes Major Investment in GreenTrees

Duke Energy has become the lead investor in GreenTrees, a privately managed forest restoration program created and managed by C2I for landowners in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley: Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. This enormous valley once

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Posted in Conservation, Eddie Lee Rider, Feature, Midwest, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Regional News, South, Timber

Western Massachusetts to Become National Forest?

Former Governor Mitt Romney’s proposal to designate the Berkshires and all of Western Massachusetts as national forest is being considered once again. Massachusetts is one of just six states without national forest designation, a situation the Romney administration sought to

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Posted in Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, Hunting, News Desk, Northeast, Public Land, Regional News, Topics

Madeleine Pickens Presents Eco-Sanctuary Plan to BLM

Madeleine Pickens is no ordinary horsewoman. A lifelong equestrian, she has led numerous champions into the winner’s circle, including the Hall of Fame Thoroughbred Cigar, winner of 16 consecutive races. Now she is championing a new cause: America’s wild horses. “Wild horses

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Posted in Conservation, Equestrian, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, West

Interior Department Investigates Renewable Energy Speculators

Remember the Interior Department’s ongoing investigation into possible abuses of the Royalty-in-Kind program? Now the department’s Inspector General has started to look into possible abuses by companies seeking to develop renewable energies on BLM land. Three years ago, BLM received six applications

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Posted in Conservation, Developers, Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, Minerals, News Desk, Pacific, Public Land, West

Texas Senate Tackles Eminent Domain

Four years after the Supreme Court handed down Kelo vs. New London, eminent domain reform continues. Earlier this month, the Texas Senate passed an amendment that would make it harder for the government to seize land from private landowners via

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Posted in Developers, Federal Policy, Grant Gannon, Public Land, Residential Property, Taxes

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