Conservation

Historic Greenwood Plantation Finds A New Owner

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Emily “Paddy” Vanderbilt Wade purchased 4,000 acres of the Greenwood Plantation from the Whitney family for $22 million. Located near Thomasville, Georgia, this quail-hunting mecca features 1,200 acres of carefully managed old-growth forest known as the Big Woods. Wade owns

Posted in Conservation, Feature, Georgia, News Desk, South

Ted Turner Acquires Dances with Wolves Ranch

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Formerly known as the Triple U, the Standing Butte Ranch’s 46,000 acres are native prairie grassland that has never been scarred by disc or blade. After more than a half century of stewardship, the Houck family decided to sell their

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Posted in Agriculture, Auctions, Conservation, Feature, Great Plains, News Desk, South Dakota

2015 Land Report 100: Babbitt Heirs

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No. 31 Babbitt Heirs 270,000 acres President and fourth-generation family member Billy Cordasco oversees operations from the Northern Arizona outpost of Flagstaff, which includes a recent partnership with federal officials to reintroduce the endangered black-footed ferret to the wild. Click

Posted in Agriculture, Arizona, Cattle, Conservation, Equestrian, Feature, Southwest

800,000+ Acres Added to Conservation Reserve Program

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The current enrollment was one of the most selective sign-up periods in CRP’s 30-year history. Per-acre conservation benefits were maximized, and multiple conservation priorities were targeted simultaneously. “Over the past 30 years, CRP has created major environmental improvements throughout the

Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Midwest, News Desk, Northeast, Pacific, South, Southwest, Water, West

2015 Land Report 100: Hughes Family

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No. 21 Hughes Family 390,000 acres The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission honored the Hughes family by christening a portion of the Devils River State Natural Area the Dan A. Hughes Unit. Hughes led a $10 million fundraising effort that

Posted in Conservation, Feature, Recreation, Southwest, Texas

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

2016 Land Report Texas 10

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The Lone Star State’s Largest Landowners It can be as traditional as enhancing the best genetics or as advanced as exploring the heavens. From subsurface to suborbital, Texas’s largest landowners are compelled to transform the world we live in. That’s

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Equestrian, Feature, Hunting, News Desk, Recreation, Southwest, Texas, Water

2015 Land Report 100: Louis Bacon

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No. 45 Louis Bacon 218,331 acres | 210,278 under conservation In the last two years, conservation philanthropist Louis Bacon made continued inroads to build upon conservation and restoration initiatives across his properties and worked to protect other special places throughout

Posted in Colorado, Conservation, Feature, North Carolina, Northeast, Public Land, Recreation, South, Vermont, West

Alcoa Brings Sandow Lakes Ranch to Market

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A sea of water rights is the highlight of this 34,777-acre Central Texas sanctuary. In 1998, Alcoa’s Sandow Mine reclamation project earned the inaugural Best of the Best Award from the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. The

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

EPA Chief Subpoenaed Over Colorado Spill

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Senators John Barrasso and Jon Tester of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs have authorized a subpoena to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy or Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus to testify at an oversight field hearing on “Examining EPA’s Unacceptable Response to

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Posted in Arizona, Colorado, Conservation, Feature, News Desk, Public Land, Southwest, Water
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