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2016 Land Report 100: Bass Family

No. 32 Bass Family 285,000 acres (up 135,000-acres) Brothers Sid, Ed, Robert, and Lee Bass share several notable characteristics with their great-uncle Sid Richardson, including a knack for making money and a love of the land.

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Posted in Cattle, Energy, Feature, Land Report 100, Minerals, Southwest, Texas

2016 Land Report 100: Llano Partners Ltd.

No. 31 Llano Partners Ltd. 295,000 acres (up 30,000-acres) The family farm and ranch operations span three time zones and are overseen by Austin-based general partner Hughes Abell. Beef cattle and conservation-oriented hunting continue to be the primary focus.

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Feature, Land Report 100, Southwest, Texas

2016 Land Report 100: Nunley Family

No. 30 Nunley Family 301,500 acres Legendary Texas cattleman Red Nunley took up ranching more than seven decades ago and partnered with other leading landowners to improve breeding techniques. Today, Nunley Brothers Ranches is owned and managed by Red’s grandsons,

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, Land Report 100, Southwest, Texas

Inspector General Clears EPA In Gold King Mine Spill

Agency finds no misconduct in three-million-gallon spill. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded no wrongdoing was associated with an EPA-led team that triggered the Gold King Mine spill and sent three million

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Posted in Colorado, Feature, Federal Policy, New Mexico, News Desk, Southwest, Utah, Water, West

The Battle of Bois D’Arc Creek

Under the guise of progress, eminent domain rears its ugly head yet again. by Henry Chappell | photography by Russell Graves When Harold “Thump” Witcher (right) mows a hayfield, cleans a fencerow, or feeds his cattle, he works land he

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Posted in Conservation, Developers, Feature, Federal Policy, Henry Chappell, News Desk, Public Land, Southwest, Texas, Timber, Water

2016 Land Report 100: Malone Mitchell 3rd

No. 28 Malone Mitchell 3rd 384,000 acres This Far West Texas native met his wife Amy while both were undergraduates in Stillwater at Oklahoma State. After receiving their degrees, the two founded Riata Energy in their guest bedroom with $500

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Posted in Energy, Feature, Hunting, Land Report 100, Recreation, Southwest, Texas

2016 Land Report 100: Jeff Bezos

No. 25 Jeff Bezos 400,000 acres (up 110,000 acres) One of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs grew up spending summers on his grandfather’s 25,000-acre ranch outside of Cotulla, Texas. Decades later, the founder of Amazon started his own private aerospace

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Posted in Feature, Land Report 100, Southwest, Texas

SOLD! City of San Angelo Pays $44 Million for 34,841-acre Ford Ranch in Central Texas

Purchase reunites surface rights with valuable groundwater rights previously acquired by the municipality. The historic Ford Ranch, which predates Texas statehood, was acquired by the City of San Angelo in mid-June. The municipality, which already owns immensely valuable groundwater rights

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

Land Report 2016 Ranchland Deal of the Year: Osage Nation Buys Bluestem Ranch from Turner Enterprises

In June 2016, the Osage Nation acquired Oklahoma’s Bluestem Ranch from Turner Enterprises for $74 million. It was one of many steps the Osage have taken as they seek to reassemble tribal lands dispersed more than a century ago. The

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Posted in Agriculture, Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Oklahoma, Southwest

The Land Report Top Ten: Spring 2017

Big ranches, big resources, and big views dominate the nation’s leading listings. — The Editors 1. Sandow Lakes Ranch (Texas): $250 million This 33,777-acre acre Central Texas sanctuary is being sold by Alcoa. Bernard Uechtritz, international real estate advisor for

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