The Land Report

SPR 2012

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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G rowing up in North Carolina, fishing and hunting were a natural part of Louis Bacon's life. He realized the extent of his connection to the land while studying American lit- erature at Vermont's Middlebury College, a campus he chose for its proximity to some excellent ski runs. While classmates returned home for Thanksgiving, the future investor and land steward would spend time hunting and hiking in the nearby Green Mountains with a favorite professor, Horace Beck. Bacon inherited his conservationist's conscience (and perhaps much of his resolve) from his grandfather Louis T. Moore, who was ahead of his time in promoting sustainable development. "He didn't win every battle," says Bacon, "but he stayed true to his cause for the right reasons." When Bacon bought the 172,000-acre Trinchera Ranch from the Forbes family in 2007, the $175 million deal marked the highest price paid for a single-family home in U.S. history. The family per- manently removed development rights on 81,400 acres at Trinchera in 2004 and sold to Bacon based on his promise to continue the ranch's conservation and environmental legacy. Bacon was attracted to its undeveloped nature, so making resource preservation a priority was something he readily embraced. A number of second- and third-generation employees work on Trinchera and share the landowner's love of the outdoors and passion for conservation. Trinchera is known for its pioneering wildlife and forest management practices, and its support of schools and the community in the San Luis Valley. 68 The LandReport | S P R I N G 2 0 1 2 LANDREPORT.COM Text by Nancy Myers T he LandReport 100 Trinchera Ranch owner thrives on a deep-rooted conservation ethic and rarely shies away from a showdown. Louis Moore Bacon JOHN FIELDER (page 67)

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