The Land Report

Spring 2016

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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48 The LandReport | FA L L 2 0 1 2 LANDREPORT.COM FrontGate E V E N T S In all that journey, it's been a celebration of life rooted to the land, water, place, the mountains, the people, the community. That's what I learned to cherish and always to try to live out my values. And that's what you are doing here tonight with The Land Report and with all of you who are landowners. I'll pause to make a comment about somebody who is in the audience tonight, and it's Mary Conover. She and her family own a ranch not too far from here on the Western Slope. [Mary's father] is a gentle- man by the name of John Warner, who is a former secretary of the Navy and a former United States senator. He served in the Senate for more than 30 years and was my mentor. In some ways, he was my surrogate father when I got to the Senate because he took me all over the world and he taught me about the pride of being a public servant and the pride of being a senator. And I never got tired of working with him. He was a Republican and I a Democrat. Today still, he and I frankly communicate and have lots of things that we have done together. And I say that not only, Mary, because I wanted you to tell my good friend Senator John Warner how much I love him, but also say it because he was the kind of person and is the kind of person that I think the country needs more and more. The kind of person who brings people together. It doesn't matter whether you're a Democrat or a Republican when it comes down to how we take care of our wonderful rivers and how we deal with the future of our planet. You've got to find a way of working together. And there were two no greater Senators than Senator John Warner and Senator Danny Inouye, a Democrat from Hawaii. They both served for a long time and defended this country in very important positions. They taught me a lot about the importance of bringing people together, which I think is something that this country today is so much in need of. 48 The LandReport | S P R I N G 2 0 1 6 LANDREPORT.COM 2015 LAND REPORT LEGACY LANDOWNERS SALAZAR RANCH Conejos County Colorado

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