Federal Policy

Federal Judge Scolds Interior Department

A federal judge in North Carolina made permanent a temporary injunction against the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s shoot-to-kill authorization on wolves in the wild. The ruling protects the American red wolf, which conservationists predict is headed for extinction. According

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Hunting, News Desk, North Carolina, South

Supreme Court Rules for Landowners 8-0

November 27 decision in Weyerhaeuser v. US Fish and Wildlife requires that habitat be present for Critical Habitat Designation. The case concerns about 1,500 acres in Louisiana that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated as a critical habitat for

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Louisiana, News Desk, South, Timber

Cash Crunch Squeezes Farm Operators

Farmland values in the Tenth District dropped an average of 3 percent, according to the Kansas City Fed’s Ag Credit Survey. Blame it on decreased farm income, which fell for the fifth consecutive year. —The Editors The Kansas City Fed

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Posted in Agriculture, Colorado, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Great Plains, Kansas, Midwest, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, News Desk, Oklahoma, Southwest, West, Wyoming

Land Report November 2018 Newsletter

Our Investing Issue takes center stage in our November newsletter, which also includes Election Night results affecting landowners as well as major transactions: Colorado voters give a thumbs down to more extensive drilling setbacks. Voters in Park City, Utah, green-light

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Conservation, Developers, Federal Policy, Hunting, Minerals, Newsletter, Pacific, Public Land, Recreation, Residential Property, Water, West

Supreme Court Declines Coastal Act Case

A decade-long legal battle by Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla over private property rights versus public coastal access ended this month when the Supreme Court declined to hear the case, reports the Los Angeles Times. Central to the dispute: a

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Posted in California, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Pacific, Public Land

Critical Habitat Debated Before High Court

The Supreme Court heard arguments about whether or not private property can be designated critical habitat for an endangered species that doesn’t live there. In 2012, US Fish and Wildlife labeled 1,500 acres of Louisiana forestland as critical habitat for

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Louisiana, News Desk, South

Land Report October 2018 Newsletter

Tom Brokaw’s West Boulder Ranch and the Old Steen Place, an adjacent portion of the Burnt Leather Ranch, were sold to a single buyer by Fay Ranches on September 28. The combination of the two Montana holdings creates a 4,751-acre

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Posted in Agriculture, Auctions, California, Energy, Farming, Federal Policy, Hunting, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, News Desk, Newsletter, North Dakota, Northeast, Pacific, Recreation, Residential Property, South, Texas, West

U.S. Attorney Sues Hemp Farm

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia filed a civil suit against a Mason County hemp farm. Although state laws allow the cultivation, sale, and purchase of industrial hemp, the suit alleges the

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Posted in Agriculture, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, South, West Virginia

Public Lands Primer

Not all public lands are created equal. That is especially the case out West where almost half the land — 47 percent — is owned by Uncle Sam. Text by Ken Mirr Four or five years ago, I listed a

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Posted in Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Public Land, Recreation, Water

Zinke Nixes Proposed Interior Department Land Sale

The potential sale of more than 1,600 acres of federal land located within the previous boundaries of Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was announced in mid-August and then quickly canceled. “The secretary did not see the proposal before it went

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Utah, West

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