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Land Report November 2018 Newsletter

Our Investing Issue takes center stage in our November newsletter, which also includes Election Night results affecting landowners as well as major transactions: Colorado voters give a thumbs down to more extensive drilling setbacks. Voters in Park City, Utah, green-light

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Developers, Federal Policy, Hunting, Minerals, Newsletter, Pacific, Public Land, Recreation, Residential Property, Water, West

Supreme Court Declines Coastal Act Case

A decade-long legal battle by Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla over private property rights versus public coastal access ended this month when the Supreme Court declined to hear the case, reports the Los Angeles Times. Central to the dispute: a

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Posted in California, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Pacific, Public Land

Critical Habitat Debated Before High Court

The Supreme Court heard arguments about whether or not private property can be designated critical habitat for an endangered species that doesn’t live there. In 2012, US Fish and Wildlife labeled 1,500 acres of Louisiana forestland as critical habitat for

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Louisiana, News Desk, South

Land Report October 2018 Newsletter

Tom Brokaw’s West Boulder Ranch and the Old Steen Place, an adjacent portion of the Burnt Leather Ranch, were sold to a single buyer by Fay Ranches on September 28. The combination of the two Montana holdings creates a 4,751-acre

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Posted in Agriculture, Auctions, California, Energy, Farming, Federal Policy, Hunting, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, News Desk, Newsletter, North Dakota, Northeast, Pacific, Recreation, Residential Property, South, Texas, West

U.S. Attorney Sues Hemp Farm

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia filed a civil suit against a Mason County hemp farm. Although state laws allow the cultivation, sale, and purchase of industrial hemp, the suit alleges the

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Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, South, West Virginia

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

Zinke Nixes Proposed Interior Department Land Sale

The potential sale of more than 1,600 acres of federal land located within the previous boundaries of Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was announced in mid-August and then quickly canceled. “The secretary did not see the proposal before it went

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Utah, West

Bureau of Land Management to Exit Washington?

A host of Western cities are courting Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in the hopes of attracting the new BLM headquarters. The move is part of Secretary Zinke’s plan to relocate the agency closer to the bulk of the lands it

Posted in Colorado, Feature, Federal Policy, Idaho, News Desk, Public Land, Utah, 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

$266 Million Native American Agriculture Fund Established

In 1999, nearly 900 Native Americans brought suit against the federal government, claiming that the Department of Agriculture systematically discriminated against them in loan programs dating as far back as 1981. Eleven years later, the federal government settled the lawsuit

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Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk

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