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The Value of Nature-Based Recreation

Posted by jwatson on August 23rd, 2016

  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…

Larimer County Acquires Farm with Water Rights

Posted by jwatson on August 13th, 2016

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…

The Value of Nature-based Recreation

Posted by jwatson on July 28th, 2016

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…

Farmland and Timberland – Comparison of these two Asset Classes

Posted by jwatson on July 21st, 2016

Farmland and Timberland – Comparison of these two Asset Classes  Timberland and Farmland possess certain similarities as an asset class, but that there are many differences.  jw Asset Class Battle: Timberland Vs. Farmland Source: Seeking Alpha by Jussi Askola Jul. 19, 2016 3:03 PM ET Summary Timberland and farmland have both achieved historically very attractive  Read more…

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

Posted by jwatson on July 19th, 2016

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…

The Wealthy Quietly Invest in Westcliffe, Colorado Ranchland – Where It’s Hard to tell the 1% from the other 99%

Posted by jwatson on July 17th, 2016

Good article from today’s Denver Post that mentions Westcliffe, Colorado and low key wealthy who invest, recreate and live here The surprising peaks and valleys in Colorado income inequality Colorado is a relatively egalitarian place, especially when compared with states such as New York, Connecticut or even Wyoming. But it contains some surprisingly high peaks and  Read more…

Direct Land Investment by Foreigners in Argentina is becoming Possible Again under New Government

Posted by jwatson on July 12th, 2016

In 2011 the Argentina Kirchner-led government imposed the rural land law which imposed broad restrictions on the purchase and lease of rural lands by foreign entities and individuals. Enacted late last month by the new Argentina government led by Mauricio Macri is a New Decree that repeals many of the barriers that had been established  Read more…

Canada Values and Protects its Farmland and Rural Communities

Posted by jwatson on June 18th, 2016

In Manitoba  foreign interests are limited to 40 acres in ‘farm land’ (i.e. land outside of a city, capable of being used for farming) in order to maintain opportunities for Canadians to acquire farm land for agricultural purposes and to support the development of strong rural communities. You can read more here about the foreign  Read more…

Cattle size and Profitability – Bigger isn’t always Better!

Posted by jwatson on June 18th, 2016

Thanks to Ross Mcdonald of the 98 Ranch up in Saskatchewan for sharing. It’s a posting from the Cow-Cow Calf blog about cattle size Cattle Size and How It Affects Profitability. Larger weaning rates became the trend driven by “bigger is better” – larger weaning rates mean you sell your calves (by the pound) for more. But  Read more…

Trophy Ranches – The Case for Private Marketing

Posted by jwatson on March 11th, 2016

High Value Land Sales – The Case for Private Marketing There are many methods available for the marketing and sale of specialized high value land-based assets in addition to traditional real estate listing arrangements and auction formats.  There are advantages, disadvantages and tradeoffs associated with every marketing approach; and the best strategy for the marketing  Read more…

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