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Inspector General Clears EPA In Gold King Mine Spill

Agency finds no misconduct in three-million-gallon spill. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded no wrongdoing was associated with an EPA-led team that triggered the Gold King Mine spill and sent three million

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Posted in Colorado, Feature, Federal Policy, New Mexico, News Desk, Southwest, Utah, Water, West

The Battle of Bois D’Arc Creek

Under the guise of progress, eminent domain rears its ugly head yet again. by Henry Chappell | photography by Russell Graves When Harold “Thump” Witcher (right) mows a hayfield, cleans a fencerow, or feeds his cattle, he works land he

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Posted in Conservation, Developers, Feature, Federal Policy, Henry Chappell, News Desk, Public Land, Southwest, Texas, Timber, Water

SOLD! City of San Angelo Pays $44 Million for 34,841-acre Ford Ranch in Central Texas

Purchase reunites surface rights with valuable groundwater rights previously acquired by the municipality. The historic Ford Ranch, which predates Texas statehood, was acquired by the City of San Angelo in mid-June. The municipality, which already owns immensely valuable groundwater rights

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Posted in Feature, News Desk, Southwest, Texas, Water

Land Report 2016 Ranchland Deal of the Year: Osage Nation Buys Bluestem Ranch from Turner Enterprises

In June 2016, the Osage Nation acquired Oklahoma’s Bluestem Ranch from Turner Enterprises for $74 million. It was one of many steps the Osage have taken as they seek to reassemble tribal lands dispersed more than a century ago. The

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Posted in Agriculture, Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Oklahoma, Southwest

The Land Report Top Ten: Spring 2017

Big ranches, big resources, and big views dominate the nation’s leading listings. — The Editors 1. Sandow Lakes Ranch (Texas): $250 million This 33,777-acre acre Central Texas property is being sold by Alcoa. Bernard Uechtritz of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International

Posted in California, Colorado, Feature, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, Northeast, Pacific, South, Southwest, Texas, West

Land Report 2016 Timberland Deal of the Year: Forest Investment Associates and Molpus Woodlands Group Acquire 295,000 Acres from Hancock

Almost 500 square miles of former TimberStar lands in Arkansas and Texas were purchased by Forest Investment Associates and Molpus Woodlands Group from the Hancock Timber Resource Group. The 295,000-acre sale to the timberland investment management organizations (TIMOs) was announced

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Posted in Arkansas, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, South, Southwest, Texas, Timber

Horses to Ride, Cattle to Cut

The San Antonio Viejo Ranch of Texas Text by Henry Chappell | Original Photography by Wyman Meinzer Given rain, the Wild Horse Desert will heal after drought and hard use by humans and livestock have left it battered and bare.

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Feature, Henry Chappell, Southwest, Texas

BLM Admits to Survey Errors

A long-standing dispute over the Texas–Oklahoma state line that jeopardized private landholdings along a 116-mile stretch of the Red River has been put on hold. In a letter filed in the Northern District Court in Wichita Falls, the agency admitted

Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, Oklahoma, Public Land, Southwest, Texas

Essentials: Serious Gear for Serious Work | The Reserve

Grand Entrance Texas tough meets Old World elegance as The Land Report team arrives at the Reserve’s 65,000-square-foot Main Lodge in a 2017 F-250 Lariat Super Duty. Built for the great wide open but finished with a host of extras,

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Posted in Editor's Choice, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Hunting, Recreation, Southwest, Texas

Trump Orders Review of National Monuments Over Last Two Decades

Secretary of Interior to vet designations since 1996. President Donald Trump directed Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to review national monuments greater than 100,000 acres created by the Antiquities Act since January 1, 1996. The Antiquities Act Executive Order,

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Midwest, News Desk, Northeast, Pacific, South, Southwest, West

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