The Land Report

2018.2

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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S U M M E R 2 0 1 8 | The LandReport 23 LANDREPORT.COM FrontGate L A N D R E P O R T 1 0 0 L A N D R E P O R T 1 0 0 | T O P T E N | I N V E S T I N G | E V E N T S American Land Barons T he federal government is by far the nation's biggest landowner, holding 640 million acres of purple mountains, fruited plains and amber waves of grain in the name of the American public. But over the past decade, the nation's wealthiest private landowners have been laying claim to ever- larger tracts of the countryside, according to data compiled by e Land Report, a magazine about land ownership in America. In 2007, according to e Land Report, the nation's 100 largest private landowners owned a combined 27 million acres of land — equivalent to the area of Maine and New Hampshire combined. A decade later, the 100 largest landowners have holdings of 40.2 million acres, an increase of nearly 50 percent. eir holdings are equivalent in area to the entirety of New England, minus Vermont. ose rising numbers represent "the growing appeal of land as an asset class," says Eric O'Keefe, editor of e Land Report, in an interview. The Washington Post takes a critical look at the Land Report 100. T e x t b y Christopher Ingraham SOURCES: CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE, NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL OF MAINE, IDAHO PARKS AND RECREATION

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