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2015 Land Report 100: Emmerson Family

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No. 3 Emmerson Family 1,915,000 acres (up 54,000 acres) Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) was founded in 1949 by Curly Emmerson and his son, Red. The company has been owned and operated by the family ever since and currently employs 4,500.

Posted in California, Conservation, Energy, Feature, Pacific, Timber, Washington, Water, Wisconsin

Eagle Ranch Donates 3,255-Acre Easement

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A Central Coast ranching family has donated a significant conservation easement on the southern half of their property to The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. The Smith family has owned the Eagle Ranch for more than 50 years.

Posted in Agriculture, California, Conservation, Feature, News Desk, Pacific

2015 Land Report 100: Hearst Family

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No. 47 Hearst Family 214,000 acres Media magnate William Randolph Hearst (1863–1951) made history with his publishing empire, but it was his father, George Hearst (1820–1891), who built the family fortune. And it all began with land. (See Henry Chappell’s

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Conservation, Feature, Pacific, Residential Property, Timber

Sold! Robin Williams’s Villa Sorriso Sells for $18.1 Million

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Set on 653 acres, the late comedian’s estate included an olive orchard, a spring-fed pond, a nine-stall horse barn, and 18 acres of vineyard within the Mount Veeder American Viticultural Area (AVA). But it was the 22,000-squarefoot, Portuguese limestone mansion

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Equestrian, Feature, News Desk, Pacific, Residential Property

Powerful Agency Ousts Chief

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The California Coastal Commission voted 7-5 to dismiss Executive Director Charles Lester on Feb. 10. The vote took place after an emotionally charged meeting in Morro Bay. Lester had held the post since 2011. According to the Associated Press, the

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Posted in California, Conservation, Feature, News Desk, Pacific

El Niño Offers California Relief from Four-Year Drought

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Above-average snowpack in the Sierras a critical first step. Cattlemen, farmers, and other landowners are enjoying a much-needed wet spell after enduring several years of brutal drought. Snowstorms and thundershowers have drenched much of the Golden State and replenished bone-dry

Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Farming, Feature, News Desk, Pacific, Public Land, Water

Land Report February 2016 Newsletter

Thanks to his acquisition of Texas’s Waggoner Ranch, Stan Kroenke vaulted from No. 9 on the Land Report 100 to No. 5 earlier this month. Read more about this historic sale in our February newsletter, and learn about: A Napa estate

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Posted in Agriculture, Auctions, Bankruptcy, California, Cattle, Conservation, Developers, Energy, Farming, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Midwest, New Mexico, News Desk, Newsletter, Pacific, Recreation, Residential Property, Southwest, Texas, Wisconsin

2015 Land Report 100: Nos. 60-69

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No. 60 Sugg Family 166,655 acres The romance of running cattle lured E.C. Sugg and his brothers to San Angelo, Texas, in the early 1900s. They stayed when they struck oil. Subsequent mineral rights and royalties continue to bolster the

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Equestrian, Farming, Feature, Florida, Minerals, Nevada, New Mexico, News Desk, Pacific, Southwest, Texas, Timber, West

Wildfire Torch Record Acreage in 2015

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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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For Sale: California’s Historic Richmond Ranch

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3,778-acre Silicon Valley ranch listed for $29.68 million. California may be the nation’s most populous state, but there are still wide swaths of the Golden State that are unspoiled, including the historic Richmond Ranch. Operated as a working cattle ranch

Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Feature, Pacific
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