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Amendment 4 Approved by Floridians

Voters in Florida overwhelmingly approved Amendment 4, The Florida Conservation Land Amendment, a measure that will lower property taxes on lands set aside for conservation. Amendment 4, which was  supported by Florida Governor Charlie Crist, was approved by 68.4 percent of Florida voters.

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Regional News, South, Taxes

Top Ethanol Producer Files For Bankruptcy

One of the leading stories of 2008 has been skyrocketing commodity prices and the corresponding surge in land values throughout the Midwest, Great Plains, Southwest, and other mineral-rich areas of the country. Although the bubble has by no means burst, there

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Midwest, News Desk, Regional News, Topics

JOE Reports 3Q Loss

Florida’s largest private landowner, The St. Joe Company, reported a third quarter net loss of $19.2 million (21 cents a share) on Tuesday. JOE’s President and CEO Britt Greene cited the global financial crisis and the dowturn in the Florida.

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Regional News, Residential Property, South, Timber, Topics

15 to 30 Percent ROI on Arkansas Land?

Hunting land isn’t just for birds, especially in the South. From the Mississippi Delta to the rice fields along the Gulf Coast, land with waterfowl has long been a great investment. Some investors buy and sell these tracts purely for speculation,

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Hunting, Recreation, Regional News, South, Topics

Ted Turner Tops the 2008 Land Report 100

For the second year in a row, Ted Turner take top honors as America’s largest landowner with more than a dozen properties totaling more than 2 million acres. Add to this more than 100,000 acres in Argentina, where he owns

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Farming, Feature, Great Plains, Hunting, Minerals, News Desk, Pacific, Recreation, South, Southwest, Timber, West

Steamboat Springs Preservation Ranch Takes the Gold

It always amazes me when someone takes the time to go above and beyond the call of duty to improve an already one-of-a-kind piece of property. The idea is to take some great place and make it even more over

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Developers, Eddie Lee Rider, Equestrian, Feature, News Desk, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Topics, West

Lessons of the Barnett Shale

Although I don’t agree with the conclusion of this excellent article in Sunday’s Dallas Morning News – that the biggest mineral play in the U.S. has gone bust – there is a lot of good hands-on reporting by Elizabeth Souder

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Regional News, Southwest, Topics

U.S. Marshals Seize 695-Acre Texas Hill Country Ranch

A few years ago I started noticing all the classifieds that were advertising vehicles for sale. They had been seized by one branch or another of the federal government. Most of the time drugs were involved. Then, thanks to the mortgage meltdown, county sheriffs

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Posted in Feature, Regional News, Southwest

Lowest Property Taxes in U.S.? Alabama

Alabamans pay on average just $477 per person in property and real taxes. That’s one of the many conclusions of this 64-page background paper from the Washington-based Tax Foundation that was released earlier this month. But you already knew that because you

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Northeast, Regional News, South, Taxes

The Great Plague Returns?

Trees, leaves, and changing colors are one of the glorious rites of fall. Yet the more wild places I visit from coast to coast, the more it becomes apparent that it’s not crisp autumn nights that is coloring these trees and

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Northeast, Regional News, Timber, Topics, West

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