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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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Ranchland, Farmland and Timberland Management For Biodiversity will also Boost and Diversify Revenues for the Long Haul

Following is an excellent article, The Practical Side of Biodiversity, by David Pratt, ranch management consultant, that does a good job of explaining in a ranching context how economics and management for biodiversity are interconnected.  For the economics of the ranch operation to be maximized for the long haul the property must be managed  in a  Read more…

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Forced Pooling Laws Can Compel Landowners to Accept Oil and Gas Drilling

Oil and gas drillers find it ideal when multiple properties can be combined into one large pooled unit of acreage.  Pooling results in the greatest extraction of resources from the least number of rigs, helping boost drive domestic driller’s revenues while minimizing costs.   In the key oil and gas drilling U.S. states, landowners who  Read more…

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Court Rules Groundwater is Protected Property

Court Rules Groundwater is Protected Property Texas landowners’  property rights include the ownership of the groundwater and are protected from a taking by regulation or eminent domain, the Texas Supreme Court ruled last week. Eleven other states allocate water rights by way of the “rule of capture” , Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Texas,  Read more…

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Texas Ranchers and Land Investors Look North

The Chicago Tribune reports the worst drought in a century, increased input costs and oil money have combined to drive the increased demand for grasslands in Nebraska’s Sandhills and points north. Drought forces Texas cattle north Limited grazing space, competition, infections creating tensions By P.J. Huffstutter and Theopolis Waters, Reuters February 3, 2012 For more  Read more…

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Fewer Cows, More Money

The progressive land investor is always looking for ways to tweak and optimize land management practices.  This is an interesting account of a Texas rancher who has reinvented the way he operates.  Lower stocking rates combined with modifications in land use practices; particularly reducing energy intensive inputs, boosted his returns. Fewer Cows, More Money Mon Jul 4, 2011 09:38 AM CDT By  Read more…

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“If You Build it, They Will Come”
Conservation Banking in Wyoming

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“If you build it, they will come” is a line that originated in the 1988 movie “Field of Dreams”.  This expression has since morphed within real estate circles to an expression used jokingly or sarcastically, referring to a phenomena common to speculative real estate developers’ and investors’ exuberant early project stage state-of-mind.  If you build  Read more…

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