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The Value of Nature-based Recreation

Char Miller writes a good article for “The Conversation” that speaks to the value of nature-based recreation in context with The celebrated Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northeastern Minnesota, which constitutes one million acres of the Superior National Forest.  Can nature advocates save threatened Boundary Waters wilderness – again?            Author Char Miller W. M. Keck  Read more…

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Iowa Forestland: 97,000 acres Lost to Cropland, Pasture Conversion over 5 Years

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Most of woodland loss was from selloff of timber and conversation to cropland and pasture. The five year period with dramatic forest conversion was 2009-2013 which coincides with the run up in commodity prices Cites a local broker:  “High-demand woodland for hunting maybe goes for about $2,000” an acre, Tauke said. “If you had some acres and were  Read more…

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Bill Introduced to make Conservation Easement Tax Incentives Permanent

John Watson/Fay Ranches.  Introduced yesterday, the Conservation Easement Incentive Act is a Congressional bill that would make the Conservation Easement tax incentive permanent.   By way of background, for the fourth time in recent history, enhanced tax incentives for conservation easements have expired making it very difficult to incentivize land owners to conserve their conservation and  Read more…

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50 Years Later: The Wilderness Act Impact on the U.S. Rural West Economy

By John Watson/Fay Ranches: Following is an interesting article from today’s WyoFile, reflecting on the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act written by Ray Rasker, Director of Headwaters Economics based out of Bozeman, Montana.  The article points to a direct association between Wilderness, national parks and other protected lands and economic well-being that has led  Read more…

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Van Gogh Farming at Campo Laguna Blanca

Enhancing Land Health Revitalizes both Land Beauty and Productivity By John Watson, Fay Ranches;  Legacy Landbank Conservationist, visionary and mentor, Doug Tompkins, sent me over the weekend, a batch of photos of his Campo Laguna Blanca (farm) situated in the Entre Rios province of Argentina. These pics have a real meaning to me because I see  Read more…

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Dam Removal on U.S. Waterways Creates Tremendous Land Investment Opportunities

As “A Catalyst in Land Investment” Terraqua follows current events and trends with an eye to interpret possible positive or negative impacts on land resource values. In the case of slated dam removals along many stretches of important U.S. waterways, many private landowners along these waters benefit from the participation from increased property values created  Read more…

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Book Review: The Business of Open Space: What’s Next (Stephen J. Small)

This is the latest in the Preserving Family Lands series of Boston-based tax attorney Stephen J. Small.  Before going into private practice, Small was an attorney-advisor I the Office of Chief Counsel of the IRS in Washington D.C., where he wrote the federal income tax regulations on conservation easements. “What’s Next” is geared to land  Read more…

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“Hanna” U.S. Western Ranching Documentary to Debut May 16 in NYC and LA

“Hanna Ranch: One Cowboy’s Fight for Family and Land” is scheduled to air May 16 in New York City and Los Angeles, and be distributed in digital formats the following week. The documentary is about rancher Kirk Hanna, in his mission to protect range land in Colorado from development and unsustainable range management. He was  Read more…

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EPA Proposes Clean Water Act Rule that Expands Waters EPA Regulates

Last week the EPA announced a newly proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule that expands the waters under the EPA’s jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.  There were U.S. Supreme Court rulings in 2001 and 2006 which defined waters EPA could regulate. The court in these rulings determined the EPA needs to establish a connection  Read more…

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The Flowchart to Building Your Perfect Fence

This informative flowchart is from Modern Farmer, http://modernfarmer.com/2014/04/kind-fence-need/ which is a good read for anyone interested in progressive  land management practices.   The right fence is the one that meets your objectives, but also doesn’t  impede natural migration of native wildlife.  For conservation lands the objective might be “no fences” or removing fencing completely.

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