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Wildfire Torch Record Acreage in 2015

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that wildfires burned a record 10,125,149 acres across the United States last year. The 2015 total eclipsed the previous record, which was set in 2006. Of last year’s blazes, more than 50 exceeded 50,000 acres,

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2015 Land Report 100: Langdale Family

No. 50 Langdale Family 200,000 acres While steadfastly planting more trees each year since the 1930s than it harvests — more than a hundred-million seedlings to date — the Georgia-based Langdale Company has long practiced progressive environmental stewardship. The forest-products

Posted in Conservation, Feature, Georgia, News Desk, South, Timber

Agriculture Sector Endures Second Straight Annual Decline

The Department of Agriculture is projecting that 2015 will mark another down year for American farmers and ranchers with agricultural sector production projected to fall 9.2 percent to $427 billion. Contributing factors include increased global competition and a slowdown in

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House Passes Red River Private Property Protection Act

H.R 2130 passed 253-177 on December 9, 2015. “For years, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has been claiming ownership of land that belongs to private property owners along the Red River,” said Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association President

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Land Report 100er Successfully Launches and Lands Reusable Rocket on West Texas Ranch

Amazon.com founder Bezos pushes envelope with New Shepard. The nation’s 26th largest landowner, Jeff Bezos, made history on his 290,000-acre Corn Ranch in late November. Best known as the founder of Amazon.com, Bezos is also the driving force behind Blue

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Posted in Feature, News Desk, Recreation, Southwest, Texas

Land Report January 2016 Newsletter

Ten million acres of forest fires? That’s how much land, public and private, went up in smoke in 2015. You’ll learn more about this startling statistic in our January newsletter, and get updates on: A 23,000-acre auction in Eastern New Mexico A

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Posted in Agriculture, Auctions, Bankruptcy, California, Cattle, Farming, Nebraska, New Mexico, News Desk, Newsletter, Public Land, Recreation, Residential Property, Water

White Deer Flourish at a Former Army Depot

By Rosemary O’Keefe Thanks to a protected, predator-free environment, a herd of rare white deer has swelled to more than 200 at the former Seneca Army Depot in Seneca County, New York. In 1941, the Army opened the storage and

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, New York, News Desk, Northeast, Public Land

2015 Land Report 100: Pingree Heirs

No. 10 Pingree Heirs 830,000 acres In 1841, the Merchant Prince of Salem, David Pingree, purchased his first tract of Maine timberland. Pingree had become interested in land when acquiring pine cargo, and he sensed that the heyday of the

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

Mixed Messages on Midwestern Land Values in New Federal Reserve Report

Farmland values remained stagnant in the third quarter with slight variations among the states served by the Chicago Federal Reserve District. Illinois and Iowa saw a small dip in the value of farmland, while Indiana held steady; Michigan and Wisconsin,

Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Midwest, News Desk, Wisconsin

Longstanding Dispute Festers Near Elkhorn Ranch

With preliminary construction for a gravel-mining operation set to begin on 25 acres in Western North Dakota near Theodore Roosevelt’s former ranch, dozens of conservation groups are making a last-ditch effort to halt the plans. Eight years ago, the U.S.

Posted in Conservation, Feature, Great Plains, Minerals, News Desk, North Dakota
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