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The Value of Nature-Based Recreation

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  char miller Director of Environmental Analysis Program and W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental The celebrated Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northeastern Minnesota, which constitutes one million acres of the Superior National Forest, is among the most pristine river and stream ecosystems in the United States. With any luck, it will remain so.  Read more…

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Larimer County Acquires Farm with Water Rights

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The Historic Malchow Farm was purchased for its water. The property, infrastructure and minerals were purchased along with the valuable water rights, including 240 units of Colorado-Big Thompson, or C-BT, water, 16 shares of Handy Ditch native water rights and 20 shares in Dry Creek Lateral Ditch. http://larimer.org/news/newsDetail.cfm?id=4318 Larimer County Acquires Farm Southwest of Berthoud  Read more…

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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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Access to U.S. Beaches, Waterways, Vary Significantly from State to State

John Watson/Fay Ranches.  Access to U.S. coastal beaches, waterways and non-navigable rivers and streams vary considerably from state to state.  For instance, Oregon has some of the most public friendly river access laws while states like Wyoming and Texas maintain more protective private property rights in favor of the landowner.  The San Mateo, California coastal  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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Colorado Anti-Fracking Measures Withdrawn

John Watson/Fay Ranches. Fracking Insider, a newsletter published by law firm Kelley Drye & Warren’s environmental law and energy practice groups, announced today, an agreement has been reached leading to withdrawal of anti-fracking measures in Colorado.  The proposed legislation taken off the table were Initiative 88 which set forth increased setbacks from occupied structures for  Read more…

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From Forest to Faucet

Two weeks ago I joined my associates from Legacy LandBank, Joe Kelleher and Dick Ludington, at at the 2013 University of Georgia Timberland Conference held at Amelia Island Florida,  which included a spectrum of players in the the “timberland business” comprised of 500+ participants  public and private pension funds, private investors, family offices, fund of funds, REITs, brokers and advisors,  Read more…

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Investing in Recreational Land Adjoining Public Lands….Be careful what you ask for

In perusing ads marketing luxury ranch properties in the west, one could come to the conclusion that the attribute of adjacency to a National Forest is generally a positive property feature.  Adjacency to USFS is frequently described as an enhancement to the desirability of a property.  Images are conjured of having seemingly unlimited forest both  Read more…

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