Public Land

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

For Sale: Split Rock Ranch

As previously reported, the Bell Ranch is the largest piece of property for sale in the United States today. At more than 290,000 acres, the massive holding would instantly qualify its new owner(s) for inclusion on The Land Report 100. But

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Farming, Feature, Great Plains, Hunting, Public Land, Recreation, West

Partner Profile: Holistic Management International

Peter Holter and the fine folks at Holistic Management International (HMI) are valuable partners of The Land Report. We believe in their mission, and once you learn more about them we think you will be supportive as well. HMI is a

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Eddie Lee Rider, Feature, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Southwest, Topics, Water

For Sale: Montana’s Sun Ranch

The jury is still out on my definition of dream property, but I’ll tell you this: Montana’s Sun Ranch is definitely in the running. Nestled on 18,000 acres just outside of Yellowstone National Park in the Madison Valley, the Sun

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Posted in Conservation, Developers, Equestrian, Feature, Hunting, Montana, Public Land, Recreation, Residential Property, Timber, Water

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

Kelo Rears Its Greedy Head in Houston

For landowners, their is no more controversial case than the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Kelo v. City of New London permitting the use of eminent domain to transfer private property from one owner to another under the guise of furthering economic development. In response

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

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