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For Sale: Colorado’s Hunt Ranch Back on Market for $30,000 Per Acre / $17 Million

In a surprising turn of events that is the norm in real estate development, the investment group that paid $8 million for an historic cattle ranch downvalley from Aspen was denied crucial development rights by Garfield County. Hunt Ranch LLC had applied to develop

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Developers, Equestrian, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Topics, West

Border Fence Spikes Demand for Appraisers

670 miles. That’s the distance along the U.S.-Mexico border that the Department of Homeland Security wants to cordon off with its 18-foot-high border fence. The sheer size of this massive undertaking and the number of property owners already disputing the

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Pacific, Regional News, Southwest

Pinon Canyon: “One Colossal Land Grab”

Folks in Southern Colorado don’t trust the Army. And with good reason. In 1983, when the Department of Defense established the 500-square-mile Pinon Canon Maneuver Site (PCMS), the Army acquired almost half the 285,000 acres by using eminent domain. It

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Posted in 2008 Fall, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Gustav Schmiege, Magazine, News Desk, Public Land, Topics, Trey Garrison, West

Tom Barrack Takes Control of Neverland

Earlier this month, AP reported a development that every real estate professional in Santa Barbara County fully anticipated: Neverland no longer belongs to Michael Jackson. The new owner of the 2,500-acre trophy property? That was even less of a surprise: Sycamore Valley

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Posted in Cattle, Equestrian, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, News Desk, Pacific, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Topics

Behind the Woodshed: Jeff Hawn

The Land Report prides itself on singling out landowners who make a difference, inspire others, and establish a legacy. This will not be one of those instances. The name Jeff Hawn will never be included under the category Good Neighbor. Instead, it

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Posted in Cattle, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Regional News, Residential Property, Topics, West

Sold! Montana’s 6,462-acre Scott Ranch

A lot of noteworthy closings taking place in and around Yellowstone County, Montana. Last week we reported on the sale of the 15,800-acre Bar Diamond Ranch. This time around it’s the 6,462-acre Scott Ranch on the Crow Reservation southeast of Billings, which James Stinehagen of the

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Farming, Feature, West

Chesapeake Gets $3+ Billion Injection for Marcellus Shale

So the bottom has fallen out of the energy markets and commodity prices are dropping even lower. Next step? Time to welcome the overseas investors. Remember, folks, we’ve got trillions of dollars of assets tied up in land, and all

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Midwest, Minerals, News Desk, Northeast, Regional News, South, Topics

Potential for Massive Wildfires Next Summer in the West

The great plague that is the pine beetle infestation has now destroyed millions of acres of timber across the western U.S. and into Canada. The extent of this calamity is so enormous that last month we covered the devastation at

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Posted in Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Regional News, Timber, Topics, West

Federal Reserve Bullish on Great Plains

Farmland in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and parts of New Mexico jumped 20 percent in the third quarter of 2008, according to a report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City this week. Here are some of the

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Posted in Cattle, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Great Plains, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Southwest

Sold! Montana’s 15,800-acre Bar Diamond Ranch

There seems to be no sign of an economic fallout in Montana’s still strong recreational land market. That’s the takeaway from the Billings Gazette, which reports that the 15,800-acre Bar Diamond Ranch has closed.

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Posted in Cattle, Feature, Great Plains, Hunting, Recreation, West

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