2012 Land Report 100: Paul Fireman
No. 36 Paul Fireman 247,000 acres The former Reebok chairman, Fireman owns one of the largest ranching operations in the West. Nevada’s Winecup-Gamble Ranch (pictured above) has permitted grazing access to almost 750,000 acres. Add to that the ranch’s deeded acreage and the total is almost 1 million acres. The Winecup-Gamble has geothermal hot springs as well as renowned elk hunting. Previous owners of the Winecup-Gamble include actor James Stewart and former Nevada Governor John Sparks. Photo Credit: Winecup-Gamble Ranch
2012 Land Report Best Brokerages: Clark Company
Clark Company www.clarkcompany.com (805) 238-7110 2012 Sales: < $50 Million Who: Specializes in ranch real estate, farm and agricultural properties, and ranch management. President and Broker Pete Clark, ALC, also oversees and manages numerous ranches, including the Clark Family ranches in San Luis Obispo County, California. Wow: Sold the 742-acre Hardham Ranch in the hills of Paso Robles, which was listed at $8.5 million. The ranch’s high hills afford views of Black Mountain, and its cool climate comes from ocean breezes wafting their way through Templeton Gap. Insight: “The market has been steady and positive over the last 12 months, and 2013 appears to ...
Land’s Best Friend: The Vizla
Versatile and handsome, the Vizla is a hard-working retriever that is a favorite of hunters and their families. — Henry Chappell Many centuries have passed since the Magyars lorded over Central Europe. These fearsome warriors were also accomplished hunters, and they recognized that game birds were most easily netted when they were located before flushing. Given the value of a hunting dog that hesitates before pouncing, the Magyars developed a powerful, bobtailed pointing dog with a short, dense, reddish coat — the rootstock for the modern Vizsla. Vizslas are close to medium-range workers and excellent retrievers. American hunters have long favored the ...
2012 Land Report 100: Nunley Family
No. 24 Nunley Family 301,500 acres Representing the third generation of a respected ranching family, Richard and Bob Nunley founded Nunley Bros. Ranches in 1972. Today, their holdings are located in Texas and New Mexico, and include a large-scale cow-calf operation noted for its Santa Gertrudis herd. The family’s Running N Hunting Group offers trophy whitetail deer, pronghorn, mule deer, and dove hunts in South Texas and West Texas.
2012 Land Report Best Brokerages: Bear Island Land Co.
Bear Island Land Co. www.bearislandland.com (218) 365-2800 2012 Sales: < $50 Million Who: Focuses on the sale of recreational properties on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness along the Minnesota-Canada border. Primarily deals in lake property, undeveloped shoreline, and timberland. Sister company Bear Island Surveying offers additional services. Noteworthy: Charlie Chernak is the owner, broker, and a licensed surveyor — the only such combination in Minnesota. Insight: “Our sales doubled in 2012, with movement in all types of properties,” Chernak says. “Sales of undeveloped backland that are being purchased primarily for deer hunting are still our bread and butter. Consumer confidence seems ...
Oregon’s Senator Ron Wyden Considering Land Transfer
Oregon’s senior Senator, Ron Wyden, is mulling the possibility of ceding control of 30,000 acres of federal timberlands to Indian tribes in his state. Wyden’s proposal calls for transferring 15,000 acres of the O&C Lands from the Bureau of Land Management to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, to be held in trust for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. An additional 17,000 acres would be transferred to the control of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians. Read more here. Download the April newsletter here. Photo credit: The Associated Press/2004
2012 Land Report 100: Ford Family
No. 11 Ford Family 625,000 acres The family’s lumber company was founded in 1936 by Kenneth Ford, whose son, Allyn, is the current president and CEO. Now in its seventh decade, Roseburg Forest Products is a Ford family-owned company that owns and operates sustainable forestland in Oregon and California. A substantial portion of this portfolio dates back to the 1996 acquisition of International Paper’s timberlands in Southwest Oregon. Roseburg utilizes biomass cogeneration and recycled tons of reclaimed wood into panels that sequester carbon. The company also plants millions of trees each year, has reduced its carbon footprint through vertical integration, and offers ...