Federal Policy

Sonia Sotomayor & Property Rights

The current issue of The Land Report takes an in-depth look at Obama Administration and the American Landowner. Since that issue came off the press, the President has already been faced with a crucial task: nominating a replacement for Supreme

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Topics

Western Massachusetts to Become National Forest?

Former Governor Mitt Romney’s proposal to designate the Berkshires and all of Western Massachusetts as national forest is being considered once again. Massachusetts is one of just six states without national forest designation, a situation the Romney administration sought to

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Posted in Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, Hunting, News Desk, Northeast, Public Land, Regional News, Topics

Madeleine Pickens Presents Eco-Sanctuary Plan to BLM

Madeleine Pickens is no ordinary horsewoman. A lifelong equestrian, she has led numerous champions into the winner’s circle, including the Hall of Fame Thoroughbred Cigar, winner of 16 consecutive races. Now she is championing a new cause: America’s wild horses. “Wild horses

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Posted in Conservation, Equestrian, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, West

Interior Department Investigates Renewable Energy Speculators

Remember the Interior Department’s ongoing investigation into possible abuses of the Royalty-in-Kind program? Now the department’s Inspector General has started to look into possible abuses by companies seeking to develop renewable energies on BLM land. Three years ago, BLM received six applications

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Posted in Conservation, Developers, Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, Minerals, News Desk, Pacific, Public Land, West

Texas Senate Tackles Eminent Domain

Four years after the Supreme Court handed down Kelo vs. New London, eminent domain reform continues. Earlier this month, the Texas Senate passed an amendment that would make it harder for the government to seize land from private landowners via

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Posted in Developers, Federal Policy, Grant Gannon, Public Land, Residential Property, Taxes

Florida: “It’s Almost Like a Fire Sale”

A University of Florida study has put a staggering number on just how badly the economic crisis has impacted rural land values in the Sunshine State. The study concludes that land values plummeted upwards of 55 percent in 2008 from

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Posted in Developers, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Florida, Recreation, Residential Property, South, Taxes, Texas

Supreme Court Rules 9-0 Against Hawaiians’ Land Claims

Last week the nation’s highest court ruled that Native Hawaiians do not have a legal claim to state lands totaling more than 1.2 million acres. Native Hawaiians as well as the state’s Office of Hawaiian Affairs had asserted that a

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Pacific, Public Land, Regional News, Topics

Pentagon Turns to Texas A&M to Protect Endangered Species

Landowners in and around Fort Hood have been receiving millions of dollars from  Texas A&M to participate in a secretive Pentagon program whose goal is to protect endangered species.

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Southwest

The Land Report Looks at the Bush Administration

Change. If Barack Obama delivers on his simple campaign pledge, that’s what’s coming to Washington. But George W. Bush offered change of his own — particularly on laws and regulations affecting landowners.

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Topics

The Land Report Looks at the New Congress

The 111th Congress, with the strongest Democratic majority in years, was seated on January 6 and already the body is at work on legislation of significant importance to landowners nationwide.

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, Joseph Guinto, News Desk, Topics

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