Public Land

Max Baucus Out to Ax Timber Tax

Timber sales are typically taxed at the standard 15 percent capital gain rate. Yet timber companies typically pay the standard 35 percent corporate tax rate. This quirk in the tax law has led many timber companies including Plum Creek and Potlatch to restructure as

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Timber, Topics, West

Park City Tops Hot Markets Out West

Open range, snow capped peaks, and beautiful views embody what many seek when searching for their first piece of property. One need look no further than the scenic American West when searching for this ideal piece of land. The Rocky Mountain area

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Posted in Golf, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Topics, West

BLM Makes Push to Buy Western Land

BY JOSEPH GUINTO PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2007 Under a federal law, the BLM, an arm of the Department of the Interior, has begun buying private properties that carve into federal wildlife refuges, national parks, national forests, and their ilk, making those

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Posted in Federal Policy, Magazine, News Desk, November 2007, Pacific, Public Land, Regional News, Southwest, Topics, West

Controversial Sale in North Dakota Badlands

BY JOSEPH GUINTO PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2007 More than 5,000 acres of federal land in North Dakota’s Badlands could go up for sale. That’s up to Congress. The property is supposed to be offered as a unique offset to a purchase

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Great Plains, Joseph Guinto, Magazine, News Desk, October 2007, Public Land, Recreation, Regional News, Topics

Bill May Force Landowners to Shoulder Firefighting Cost

When Smokey Bear says, “Only you can prevent forest fires,” he really means it. After several years of historic wildfires in the West that have strained firefighting budgets, burned thousands of acres, and destroyed homes, lawmakers in Washington and at

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Posted in Feature, Joseph Guinto, Magazine, News Desk, Public Land, Residential Property, September 2007, Topics

ATV Riders Run Into Bump in Road

Whether you’re tearing it up in an off-road vehicle or all torn up about their impact on the land, you’ll probably want to know about the tongue-twisting new advocacy group known as Rangers for Responsible Recreation. The group, backed by

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Posted in August 2007, Feature, Joseph Guinto, Magazine, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Topics

How Safe Are the Nation’s Wildlife Refuges?

BY JOSEPH GUINTO PUBLISHED JULY 2007 The White House accelerated funding for its Healthy Lands Initiative this year, allocating some $3 million to the Bureau of Land Management. The money must be spent on restoring or maintaining natural habitats on

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Posted in Conservation, Federal Policy, Joseph Guinto, June 2007, Magazine, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Topics

Eminent Domain Clouds Pinon Canyon

With more than 15 million acres of military bases, training centers, and maneuver sites, the US. Army ranks as one of Americas largest landowners. But when it comes to taking territory, shock and awe are not its most formidable weapons.

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Posted in Cattle, Farming, Federal Policy, Gustav Schmiege, June 2007, Magazine, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Topics, Trey Garrison, West

End of the Conservation Reserve Program?

BY JOSEPH GUINTO PUBLISHED APRIL 2007 With the Bush administration backing off on the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), conservation and hunting groups fear the 22-year-old program once dubbed “Noah’s Arc for Wildlife” is a sinking ship. Backers of the CRP,

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Posted in April 2007, Conservation, Energy, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Hunting, Joseph Guinto, Magazine, Midwest, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Topics
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