Conservation

Public Lands Primer

Not all public lands are created equal. That is especially the case out West where almost half the land — 47 percent — is owned by Uncle Sam. Text by Ken Mirr Four or five years ago, I listed a

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Public Land, Recreation, Water

Summit County Preserves 1,123-acre Knorr Ranch

Situated along the western shore of Green Mountain Reservoir, the Knorr Ranch ranks as one of the largest unencumbered landholdings in Colorado’s Summit County. A landmark holding at the foot of the Gore Range since the late 1800s, the ranch

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

Western Landowner Portrait: James Rogers, Winecup Gamble Ranch in Nevada

“To be honest, the tough conversations have made us better a landowner.” — James Rogers Text by Lesli Allison | Photography by David Packer and JD Hunter Sprawling across the very heart of buckaroo country, the Winecup Gamble Ranch encompasses

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Nevada, Public Land, Recreation, Residential Property, Water, West

Western Landowner Portrait: Jeff Laszlo, Granger Ranches in Montana

“Your land is connected to lots of other things, from communities and neighbors to migratory species to water that flows from high elevation to the Gulf of Mexico.” — Jeff Laszlo Text by Lesli Allison | Photography by Lynn Donaldson

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Montana, Water, West

BP to Pay $10.5 Billion for 470,000 Acres of Shale Assets in Texas and Louisiana

London-based BP announced that it was acquiring a portfolio of unconventional oil and gas assets from BHP for $10.5 billion. The onshore assets mark the first major acquisition by BP since the disastrous Deepwater Horizon Spill in 2010. The portfolio

Posted in Conservation, Energy, Feature, Louisiana, Minerals, News Desk, South, Southwest, Texas

Western Landowner Portrait: Mike and Tom Page, Big Creek Ranch in Idaho

Text by Lesli Allison | Photography by Ilona McCarty “I look at the public lands as a huge asset, assuming you take the time to understand how they work and get to know the people involved.” — Tom Page Start

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Farming, Feature, Idaho, Water, West

Preservation Tax Breaks Questioned

A Napa County grand jury has questioned millions of dollars in tax breaks that were doled out to preserve wine country farmland with little chance of being developed. Passed in 1965, California’s Williamson Act seeks to ease the financial challenges

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

Western Landowner Portrait: Sarah King, Anvil Ranch in Arizona

Text by Lesli Allison | Photography by Sarah King, Heidi Crnkovic, and Ziemba Photographic Daily challenges have always been inherent to ranching in the West and there are no shortages of them in the Altar Valley, located south of Tucson

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

EPA Declares Biomass Carbon Neutral

In a major policy shift that benefits timberland owners, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced that biomass will be considered carbon neutral for the purposes of regulating emissions from sources such as power plants that burn wood. Biomass proponents hailed the

Posted in Conservation, Energy, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Timber

Land Report 2017 Ranchland Deal of the Year: Cielo Vista Ranch

Arguably the finest hunting ranch in North America, this Southern Colorado gem boasts the world’s highest privately-owned peak. Text by Eric O’Keefe | Photography courtesy of Mirr Ranch Group Those of you lucky enough to attend the 2015 Land Report

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Posted in Colorado, Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Hunting, News Desk, Recreation, West

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