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100 e Land Report 15/ Hamer Family 600,000 ACRES Since the early 1900s, five generations of Hamers have worked in the forests of West Virginia, growing trees, harvesting timber, and running sawmills and hardwood pellet plants. In 1957, James P. Hamer was recognized as West Virginia's Conservationist of the Year. In 1999, son Jim C. Hamer was honored by industry peers as Man of the Year for "his commitment to employees, philanthropy, and leadership in the timber industry." Today, fifth- generation member Stephen Hamer works with his father, Steve, and other relatives to continue the family's tradition of producing the finest Appalachian hardwoods. 12/ Wilks Brothers 702,367 ACRES FRAC TECH founders Farris and Dan Wilks own ranches in Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas, and they rank as the state's leading landowners in Montana and Idaho. At least they did at press time. Wilks Ranch Brokers ( just listed four of the Wilks's Montana properties — 13,107- acre BULL MOUNTAIN RANCH ($14.75 million), 5,710-acre LITTLE SNOWY MOUNTAIN RANCH ($12.25 million), 10,206-acre SAGE CREEK RANCH ($8.998 million), and 9,680-acre ROSEBUD MOUNTAIN RANCH ($7.854 million) — as well as 50,000 acres of their Idaho holdings. 13/ Briscoe Heirs 640,000 ACRES Former Texas governor Dolph Briscoe Jr. (1923–2010) ranked as the single largest landowner in Texas. Three generations of the Briscoe family have stewarded their 100,000-acre CATARINA RANCH in South Texas, the epicenter of the family's Briscoe Ranch Company. 14/ Lykes Heirs 615,000 ACRES With more than half of the family acreage nestled in Glades and Highland counties in Florida, heirs of Dr. Howell Tyson Lykes (1846–1906) maintain a thriving a cow-calf operation centered on the Brangus breed. Other business interests around the Sunshine State include forestry, farming, water resources, and recreational hunting. In Texas, where the family has received the prestigious Lone Star Land Steward Award, the Lykes own the 264,555-acre 02 RANCH, which encompasses portions of Brewster and Presidio counties in the Big Bend region. Pingree lands are consolidated in Maine and owned by fifth-, sixth-, and seventh- generation descendants of David Pingree (1795–1863). Known as the Merchant Prince of Salem, Pingree's nineteenth- century empire ultimately exceeded 1 million acres, including tracts in 100 different Maine townships as well as in Kentucky, Ohio, New Hampshire, Texas, and Wisconsin. His heirs manage their holdings via Bangor-based SEVEN ISLANDS LAND COMPANY, which produces lumber via Maine Woods Company and birch, oak, and maple flooring through Moosewood Millworks. 830,000 ACRES 11/ Pingree Heirs 110 L ANDREP ORT.COM e LandReport | WINTER 20 18

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