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Stimson Family: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 20 Stimson Family 552,000 acres (up 52,000 acres) One of the nation’s oldest forest products companies, Stimson Lumber Company pre-dates the Civil War. The Stimson family owns significant fir, pine, and cedar operations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Eastern

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Posted in Feature, Idaho, Land Report 100, Montana, Oregon, Pacific, Timber, Washington, West

Martin Family: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 18 Martin Family 570,000 acres Descendants of Roy Martin Sr. (1890–1973) still lead the family business, which operates in 32 parishes and owns 150,000 acres of bottomland hardwoods in addition to pine and hardwood forest. Click here to see

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Posted in Feature, Land Report 100, Louisiana, South, Timber

Harvard Takes $1 Billion Writedown

Businessweek reports that Harvard bet the farm in Brazil — and lost. The managers of the nation’s largest university endowment made a substantial investment in a sprawling agricultural development in Northeastern Brazil. According to one analyst, Harvard’s top money managers

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Posted in Agriculture, Feature, Massachusetts, News Desk, Northeast

O’Connor Heirs: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 17 O’Connor Heirs 587,000 acres (up 7,000 acres) Irish immigrant Thomas O’Connor, a.k.a. “The Texas Cattle King,” was awarded a 4,428-acre land grant in 1834 near present-day Victoria, and the family never looked back. The O’Connors still run cattle

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

SOLD! Manhattan Hedge Fund Acquires 11,000 Acres from Rayonier in Two Tranches for $39.8 Million

First Coast Land and Timber has purchased more than 17 square miles of timberland in Northeast Florida from Rayonier, the nation’s third-largest timber REIT. The first tranche, which closed in December, totaled 4,000 acres, and the second tranche, which closed

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Posted in Feature, Florida, News Desk, South, Timber

Lykes Heirs: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 15 Lykes Heirs 615,000 acres In the decade following the Civil War, Dr. Howell Lykes shuttered his medical practice to oversee the family farm in Florida’s Hernando County. In 1900, Lykes and his seven sons incorporated Lykes Bros. Inc.

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Florida, Land Report 100, South, Southwest, Texas

Forest Service Adds Key Tract to Bridger-Teton National Forest

The Trust for Public Land sold the 990-acre Upper Gros Ventre River Ranch to the USFS for $3 million. The previous owner, former Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl, donated the property to the trust. The ranch sits immediately north of the

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, News Desk, West, Wyoming

Briscoe Family: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 14 Briscoe Family 640,000 acres (up 30,000 acres) Three generations of the Briscoe family have stewarded the 100,000-acre Catarina Ranch in South Texas, the epicenter of the family’s thriving cow-calf operation and the linchpin of Briscoe Ranch Company. Click

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

California Landowner Faces 140 Potential State and Federal Violations

An anonymous tip helped California wildlife officers uncover the worst instance of raptor poaching in state history. Investigators discovered an extraordinary number of rapture carcasses, other dead birds, and wildlife on an 80-acre property belonging to Richard Parker. The 67-year-old

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Posted in California, Feature, Federal Policy, Hunting, News Desk, Pacific

Wilks Brothers: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 13 Wilks Brothers 702,000 acres (up 30,000 acres) In 2011, Farris and Dan Wilks sold their 70 percent stake in Frac Tech Holdings for $3.5 billion to a group that included South Korea’s sovereign wealth fund. In addition to

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Posted in Feature, Hunting, Land Report 100, Montana, Recreation, Southwest, Texas, West
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