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U.S. Sugar Approves Sale of 180,000 Acres in the Everglades for $1.34 Billion

Today U.S. Sugar announced that its board of directors had approved the sale/leaseback of 180,000 acres to the South Florida Water Management District for $1.34 billion ($7,444 per acre). The transaction ranks as one of the largest of 2008 and

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

Interior Department to Allow Firearms in Parks and Refuges

On Friday the Interior Department ruled that Americans will be able to carry concealed weapons in some federal parks and wildlife refuges. The announcement overturns a decades-old Reagan Administration regulation that required all guns brought into national parks and wildlife

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

Pinon Canyon: “One Colossal Land Grab”

Folks in Southern Colorado don’t trust the Army. And with good reason. In 1983, when the Department of Defense established the 500-square-mile Pinon Canon Maneuver Site (PCMS), the Army acquired almost half the 285,000 acres by using eminent domain. It

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Posted in 2008 Fall, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Gustav Schmiege, Magazine, News Desk, Public Land, Topics, Trey Garrison, West

Potential for Massive Wildfires Next Summer in the West

The great plague that is the pine beetle infestation has now destroyed millions of acres of timber across the western U.S. and into Canada. The extent of this calamity is so enormous that last month we covered the devastation at

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

Federal Reserve Bullish on Great Plains

Farmland in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and parts of New Mexico jumped 20 percent in the third quarter of 2008, according to a report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City this week. Here are some of the

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Posted in Cattle, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Great Plains, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Southwest

Florida Renegotiates Largest U.S. Land Purchase of 2008

The $1.75 billion purchase by the state of Florida of 187,000 acres in the Everglades belonging to U.S. Sugar has been renegotiated and substantially bettered. The state will no longer take title to the company’s high-tech mill, its citrus processing plant,

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

Pinon Canyon: A Closer Look

For more than a year The Land Report has been tracking the largest proposed seizure of private property by the federal government in modern history: the Battle for Pinon Canyon. It pits ranchers in southeast Colorado against an opponent that’s not used to losing

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Posted in Cattle, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Trey Garrison, West

Florida to Pay $1.75 Billion for 187,000 Acres in the Everglades

In a massive deal announced earlier today, the State of Florida will acquire almost 300 square miles of the Everglades in and around the south end of Lake Okeechobee from U.S. Sugar Corp. for $1.75 billion ($9,000+ per acre).

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Posted in Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, South, Topics, Water

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

Park City Tops Hot Markets Out West

Open range, snow capped peaks, and beautiful views embody what many seek when searching for their first piece of property. One need look no further than the scenic American West when searching for this ideal piece of land. The Rocky Mountain area

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Posted in Golf, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Topics, West

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