The Land Report

Winter 2014

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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38 | 39 | 40 | 41 | W I N T E R 2 0 1 4 | The LandReport 103 LANDREPORT.COM The L and Report 100 Paul Fireman 247,000 acres Dreaming big has never been a challenge for Fireman. The former chairman of Reebok owns Nevada's Winecup-Gamble Ranch, one of the largest ranches in the American West. Fireman also built Liberty National Golf Course in Jersey City. D.K. Boyd 244,332 acres up 3 acres This rancher, oilman, and West Texas native upped his tally by three acres last year. His holdings include the 137,372-acre Frying Pan Ranch and the 106,065-acre LE Ranch, two of the most historically significant cattle operations on the South Plains. Koch Family 239,000 acres Koch Industries is a multinational enterprise whose holdings include Koch Pipeline, Koch Fertilizer, and Koch Minerals. The family's ranch holdings date back to 1952, when Fred Koch founded Matador Cattle Co., which operates in Texas and Montana. Benjy Griffith III 225,000 acres Griffith's Southern Pine Plantations owns timberland primarily in the South and Southeast. But in 2014, it was his Montana ranch that made news. According to The Wall Street Journal, Griffith is marketing his Willow Creek Ranch for $22.5 million, "or roughly $5.5 million less than he paid for it in 2007." Joel Leadbetter of Hall and Hall has the listing on the 19,419-acre (18,139 deeded) property just outside Livingston. Bidegain Family 225,000 acres The T4 Cattle Company, a family-owned and -operated cattle ranch in Eastern New Mexico, has outlasted blizzards, fires, and recessions. Third-generation operator Philip Bidegain and his family are currently in another tough spot as they battle a lengthy drought that has crippled other operators. (See No. 95 Richard Evans.) Their cow-calf operation recently added two neighboring ranches and stretches across three counties. Scott Family 220,000 acres Homer Scott was fresh out of engineering school when he was sent westward in 1935 to open new territory for his then-employer. The rangelands agreed with him, and in 1943 he bought the 3,000-acre Padlock Ranch in Wyoming to graze Hereford cows. The Padlock is still family owned, but its borders have grown into neighboring Montana where the family runs more than 10,000 cattle on a mixture of private and leased land located on or near the Crow Indian Reservation. Louis Bacon 218,331 acres (U.S.) up 2,620 acres 210,678 acres (conservation acreage) Bacon's longtime advocacy of landscape and wildlife conservation recently earned him the Land Trust Alliance President's Award for Conservation on Sept. 18. The award honors "an individual whose leadership has enriched the land conservation movement and whose contributions encourage commit- ment and action throughout the land trust community and private landowner commu- nity." In presenting the award, Land Trust Alliance President Rand Wentworth said, "Mr. Bacon's bold actions are inspiring other landowners to protect and steward their lands, encouraging them to protect America's natural heritage to create a lasting legacy for generations to come." Previous recipients of the President's Award for Conservation Leadership include the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts in 2007, Jim Lentowski of the Nantucket Conservation Foundation in 2010, and David Beaver of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management in 2012. East Wildlife Foundation 215,000 acres Robert East was South Texas ranching royalty. His estate established the nonprofit East Wildlife Foundation, which operates six ranches in Jim Hogg, Starr, Willacy, and Kenedy Counties. All lands are used as working cattle ranches as well as living laboratories for accomplishing East's research and educational goals. 41 | 43 | 44 | 45 |

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