Federal Policy

Fish & Wildlife Announces Endangered Species Candidates

In October, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service identified three new candidate species for protection under the Endangered Species Act. They are the bracted twistflower, a Texas flower found primarily in the Austin area; the Poweshiek skipperling (see photo above), a

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Record 17% Jump in Farmland Values

Farmland values in the Federal Reserve’s Seventh District climbed a record 17 percent during the second quarter of 2011, according to the Chicago Fed’s Farmland Values and Agricultural Credit Conditions Report. This economic shot in the arm marks the largest

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Posted in Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Midwest, News Desk

Ashe Takes Oath as Fish & Wildlife Director

Dan Ashe was sworn in as the 16th director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on June 30. President Obama had nominated Ashe to head up the nation’s principal federal agency dedicated to the conservation of fish and wildlife

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Water

Land Report July 2011 Newsletter

There’s a lot of ground to cover in the July edition of The Land Report newsletter: auctions, equities, timberland, and several political developments affecting landowners, ranging from the passage of key legislation by the Texas Legislature to the appointment of

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Posted in Auctions, Bankruptcy, Cattle, Conservation, Developers, Energy, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Land Report Top 10, Minerals, Newsletter, Public Land, Recreation, Residential Property, Timber, Water

Southwestern States Enduring Extreme Drought

More than three-quarters of the Lone Star State is enduring extreme or exceptional drought conditions. Parts of the Oklahoma panhandle have gone without rain for over eight months. Some 9,000 wildfires have ravaged 2+ million acres of Texas terrain, including

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Posted in Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Southwest, Water

$5 Million Hilton Head Easement Acquisition

Several funding entities, including Beaufort County and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, have pooled resources to acquire several key conservation easements on St. Helena Island as well as outright ownership of 19 acres on Hilton Head. According to news releases,

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Posted in Equities, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, South, Taxes

Adults Only – The New Interior Department Reality Show

Update: In a report to Congress on September 24, the Department of the Interior confirmed that the controversial Royalty in Kind Program will be phased out this Thursday, September 30. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEM)

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, Minerals, News Desk, Timber

Ask the Expert: Scott Jones

The second session of the 111th Congress is already under way, and landowners have a lot at stake. With that in mind, The Land Report turns to Scott Jones to get the inside scoop on Washington’s next steps. Since 2003,

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Timber, Topics

Nebraska Governor to Address Wind Conference

Gov. Dave Heineman is slated as one of the keynote speakers next month at the Nebraska Wind Power 2009 Conference. Scheduled for Nov. 9-10 in Kearney, the conference will feature nationally known experts on wind and wind power and focus

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, Great Plains, News Desk, Regional News, Topics

Crossing the Divide with Al Biernat

When it came to the Colorado hamlet of Creede, it was love at first sight for Dallas restaurateur Al Biernat (standing front and center with wife Jeannie and writer Trey Garrison). And what’s not to love about Creede? Nestled among

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Posted in Developers, Feature, Federal Policy, Gustav Schmiege, Minerals, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Topics, Trey Garrison, Water, West

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