2012 Land Report 100: Emmerson Family
No. 3 Emmerson Family
Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) was founded in the 1920s by Curly Emmerson and has been owned and operated by his descendants ever since. Based in Northern California, with additional holdings throughout the Pacific Northwest, SPI is the second-largest lumber producer in the nation. Although the Emmersons seek to expand their holdings through strategic acquisitions, they have given more than 350 square miles of their California holdings to federal, state, and local entities. These transfers have included tracts with high conservation values as well as ones with outstanding recreational features. Among them are the Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area, Mt. Lola, Martis Peak, Perazzo Meadows, and lands along the American, Yuba, and Rubicon Rivers.
- 2012 Land Report 100: Collins Family
No. 22 Collins Family 312,188 acres The fourth generation oversees the family’s Collins Companies, which includes timber operations and Forest Stewardship Council-certified forests. Since 2010, the family added around 11,000...
- 2012 Land Report 100: Hearst Family
No. 64 Hearst Family 153,000 acres The Hearst family’s ranches include the Piedra Blanca Rancho (upon which sits the famous Hearst Castle) and the Jack Ranch, both in California. The...
- 2012 Land Report 100: Jones Family
No. 32 Jones Family 255,000 acres The family’s holdings include the Alta Vista Ranch, Alta Colorado Ranch, and Borregos Ranch. A fourth-generation descendent of patriarch William Whitby Jones, A.C. Jones...