California

Hummingbird Nest Ranch Finally Sells

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123-acre Simi Valley estate listed for $75 million in 2007, sold for $33 million in 2015. Only a few years have passed since Hummingbird Nest Ranch was being fast-tracked to become Simi Valley’s first five-star resort, complete with a 105-room

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Posted in California, Developers, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Pacific, Recreation

2015 Land Report 100: Ford Family

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No. 11 Ford Family 625,000 acres In the 1930s, Kenneth Ford (1908–1997) started out with a single sawmill near Roseburg, Oregon. He bought timberlands that had been repossessed for non-payment of taxes. When the post–World War II housing boom hit,

Posted in California, Conservation, Feature, Oregon, Pacific, Timber

2015 Land Report 100: Singleton Family

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No. 7 Singleton Family 1,100,000 acres Family patriarch Henry Singleton (1916–1999) was a man of science. The MIT graduate cofounded the industrial conglomerate Teledyne with George Kozmetsky in 1960. Twenty-five years later, he bought the historic San Cristobal Ranch in

Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Equestrian, Feature, New Mexico, Pacific, Southwest

California Drought Claims 66 Million Dead Trees

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Four years of punishing drought coupled with a dramatic rise in bark beetle infestation and warmer temperatures has led to record levels of tree die-off. “Tree die-offs of this magnitude are unprecedented and increase the risk of catastrophic wildfires that

Posted in California, Conservation, Feature, Pacific, Water

The Land Report Top Ten: Spring 2016

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The Waggoner Ranch, which was listed for $725 million, sells in just 18 months. – The Editors 1. SOLD! W.T. Waggoner Ranch (Texas): $725 million Stan Kroenke is the new owner of the legendary Waggoner. Bernard Uechtritz and Sam Middleton

Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Colorado, Conservation, Equestrian, Farming, Feature, Florida, Great Plains, Hunting, Kansas, Massachusetts, Midwest, New Mexico, Pacific, Recreation, Residential Property, South, Southwest, Texas, Timber, Water

Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek Merger Creates “New Paul Bunyan”

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The $8.4 billion merger of Weyerhaeuser Company with Plum Creek Timber Company created the nation’s largest private landowner, leading one analyst to label the 13-million-acre behemoth the “new Paul Bunyan.” The company, which will operate under the Weyerhaeuser name, has

Posted in Alabama, California, Feature, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oregon, Pacific, South, South Carolina, Timber, Washington, West Virginia

2015 Land Report 100: Eugene Gabrych

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No. 50 Eugene Gabrych 200,000 acres The jewel in the crown of Gabrych’s vast holdings in Nevada and California remains Rock Springs Ranch and Lodge, an 18,200-acre contiguous block of native grazing land ideally situated between the Salinas and San

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Feature, Hunting, Nevada, Pacific, Recreation, West

Saudi Dairy Increases its Western Farmland Holdings

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In an effort to provide feed to more than 170,000 cows, Saudi Arabia’s largest dairy, Almarai Company, paid $31.8 million to acquire the 1,790-acre Ulmer Ranch near Blythe, California. The purchase follows the acquisition two years ago of 10,000 acres

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Feature, International, News Desk, Pacific, Water

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
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