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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

Ford Family: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 12 Ford Family 783,000 acres (up 158,000 acres) Kenneth Ford (1908–1997) started out with a single sawmill cobbled together with salvaged equipment near Roseburg, Oregon. This year, his heirs acquired their first land outside of the Pacific Northwest when

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Posted in Feature, Land Report 100, North Carolina, Northeast, Oregon, Pacific, Timber, Virginia

Broward County to Pay $42 Million to Acquire 38-Acre Palm Tree Farm Next to Fort Lauderdale Airport

Commissioners agree to mediated settlement with family of Florida Congressman Clay Shaw over negative impact of new runway at Fort Lauderdale Airport. When Broward County decided to expand the Fort Lauderdale Airport, adjacent landowners soon found themselves waterlogged. The culprit?

Posted in Agriculture, Feature, Florida, News Desk, Public Land, South, Water

Pingree Heirs: 2017 Land Report 100 sponsored by LandLeader

No. 10 Pingree Heirs 830,000 acres In addition to founding one of the country’s oldest timber empires, Salem shipping merchant David Pingree ranks as a forward-thinker on a par with Henry Ford and Bill Gates. In the early 1840s, Pingree

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Land Report 100, Maine, Northeast, Timber
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