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2017 Ranks As Second-Worst Year for Tropical Tree Cover Loss

Scientists from the World Resources Institute and the University of Maryland have determined that last year was the second-worst year for tropical tree cover loss, exceeded only by 2016. An area equivalent in size to Bangladesh — approximately 39 million

Posted in Agriculture, Feature, News Desk, Public Land, Timber

Vineyard Wind Selected to Create 800-Megawatt Offshore Farm

A Danish-backed offshore wind farm has been awarded a contract to power 500,000 homes in Massachusetts. Called Vineyard Wind, the wind farm will be located off the southern coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Vineyard Wind, which is backed by Copenhagen Infrastructure

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Posted in Energy, Feature, Massachusetts, News Desk, Northeast

Montana Water Court Rules on Abandonment

In another major water rights decision, a Montana water court affirmed that Gene Klamert had not abandoned valuable water rights on Flatwillow Creek in Petroleum County. Upstream landowners Daniel Iverson, Dan Wilks, and Farris Wilks had appealed a 2017 ruling

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Posted in Feature, Montana, News Desk, Water, West

For Sale: 545-Acre Rockin JN Ranch

For more than a decade, Jason Newsted and his family have retreated and recharged in Western Montana. Text by Eddie Lee Rider Jr. | Photography by Bill McDavid Most rock stars live life in the fast lane, burning through piles

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Posted in Eddie Lee Rider, Feature, Montana, Residential Property, West

Increasing Percentage of Family-Owned Farms Are Not Family-Farmed

According to the Department of Agriculture, 99 percent of all farms in the US are family-owned, not corporate farms. Yet because of demographic trends and costly barriers to entry, only 60 percent of farmland nationwide is actually farmed by those

Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Midwest, Missouri, News Desk, Ohio

Stable Farmland Values Trump Falling Commodity Prices

Year-over-year farmland values in the Corn Belt are holding steady; however, in the most recent quarter, an uptick in Iowa and in Wisconsin pulled overall values in the Seventh District into positive territory for 2018. — The Editors NATIONAL –

Posted in Agriculture, Equities, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Midwest, Missouri, News Desk, Ohio

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 Agriculture Deal of the Year: Central Valley Farmland

The nation’s largest publicly traded farmland real estate investment trust stayed true to its business model with a nine-figure acquisition in 2017. Denver-based Farmland Partners (FPI) paid Singapore’s Olam International Limited $110 million to acquire 5,100 acres of permanent crop

Posted in Agriculture, California, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, News Desk, Pacific

Private Land Seizures Underway in Rio Grande Valley

McAllen Mayor Jim Darling reports that 167 landowners in Hidalgo County have received condemnation notices from the federal government. The notices arrived as Customs and Border Protection personnel informed South Texas officials from cities, counties, and foreign trade zones along

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Southwest, Texas

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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