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Sr. by naming a unit of the Devils River State Natural Area in recognition of his efforts to raise over $10 million to purchase and conserve 17,000 acres. "The acquisition of this culturally and environmentally unique piece of Texas likely could not have happened without his spirit of generosity and leadership," said executive director Carter Smith. The DAN A. HUGHES UNIT has 10 miles of river frontage with spectacular views from mesas and canyons, and a variety of wildlife habitats. 31/ Zane & Tanya Kiehne 345,000 ACRES NEW TO LR100 A fourth-generation rancher, Zane Kiehne was raised in New Mexico on a US Forest Service allotment with very little deeded land. He became a ranch broker and finally bought his own in 1994 when he acquired the KYLE RANCH in Loving County, Texas. Tanya Kiehne was born and grew up in Pecos, Texas, where she worked for the Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency until the family's ranches required her full-time attention. Z&T HOLDINGS now includes ranches in seven Texas counties as well as seven counties in New Mexico. With the exception of two West Texas ranches, Z&T's properties tend to be mountainous and are full of wildlife: elk, mule deer, whitetails, turkey, antelope, journalists coast to coast. Who knew that not one but two winners — New York City and Northern Virginia — would emerge? Back at his West Texas ranch, Bezos's New Shepard spacecraft is being prepared for yet another mission. The next one will be the tenth thus far. The rocket system will take nine NASA-sponsored research and technology payloads into space through NASA's Flight Opportunities program. 29/ Holding Family 395,030 ACRES 4,790 ACRES Robert Earl Holding (1926– 2003) purchased SINCLAIR OIL CORP. for $78 million in 1976. The following year, he and wife, Carol, bought Idaho's SUN VALLEY resort for $12 million. More recently, the Holdings spent $100 million on SNOWBASIN in Utah with the goal of transforming the resort into a world-class ski destination. The family's land in Montana includes the 190,000-acre SUNLIGHT RANCH near Yellowstone. Today, his widow and their three children own Sinclair Oil, with two refineries in Wyoming and more than 1,400 Sinclair service stations in 28 states. 30/ Hughes Family 390,000 ACRES Patriarch Dan Hughes Sr. was a legend in the oil and gas industry. He began as a roustabout in high school, earned a geology degree from Texas A&M, and then found, financed, and drilled his own wells. He received multiple accolades in his lifetime, including the All-American Wildcatter Award and the Outstanding Explorer Award. Dan Hughes Jr. continued his father's work both in the industry and as a noted conservationist, serving as the chairman of Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission. The TPWC honored Hughes Barbary sheep, oryx, mountain lion, and bear. Some of Z&T's New Mexico ranches also feature trout streams. Raising top-quality cattle and horses while improving rangeland conditions is a priority for the Kiehnes as is managing for wildlife. Some of Z&T's most recent acquisitions include the 46,000-acre HUECO RANCH near El Paso and Bob Funk's 165,000- acre UU BAR RANCH near Cimarron, New Mexico. (See "Trail Boss," The Land Report, Fall 2011). 32/ Malone Mitchell 3rd 336,000 ACRES The CEO of Riata Corporate Group has established his LONGFELLOW RANCHES as one of the finest hunting properties in the Trans-Pecos region of Far West Texas. A full-service 4,700-square- foot lodge welcomes guests. Hunts on the 500-square-mile Longfellow include elk, mule deer, dove, and quail. 33/ Stefan Soloviev 325,077 ACRES 1,377 ACRES This entrepreneur has moved back to his native New York City in order to work more closely with father, 90-year- old real estate developer Sheldon Solow. (The CEO of CROSSROADS AGRICULTURE embraced the Old World spelling of the family name and changed his surname from Solow to Soloviev.) NEW SHEPARD Jeff Bezos's rocket systems take off and land at his remote West Texas ranch. Earl Holding's multi-state portfolio of properties ironically began with a money-losing gas station: Wyoming's Little America. 115 L ANDREP ORT.COM WINTER 20 18 | e LandReport

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