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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Conservation Deal of the Year Greenwood Plantation A fter several years on the market, historic Greenwood Plantation found a new owner, one dedicated to continuing its impressive conservation legacy. Emily "Paddy" Vanderbilt Wade purchased 4,000 acres of the Greenwood Plantation from the Whitney family for $22 mil- lion. Located near Thomasville, Georgia, this quail hunting mecca features 1,200 acres of carefully managed old-growth forest known as the Big Woods. In addition, Greenwood boasts a storied history since its founding in the 1830s. Wade owns nearby Arcadia Plantation, which has a 200-acre stand of old-growth forest, known as the Wade Tract Preserve. The Greenwood Research Foundation, a non- profit set up by Wade and her family to purchase and manage Greenwood, will chart a similar course with the Big Woods. Originally developed by one of the area's earliest settlers, Greenwood was acquired by the Whitneys in 1899. Keeping the land intact was of the utmost importance to the Whitneys, who sold the property in order to focus on human rights and peace efforts. Before her death, Betsey Whitney told Greenwood land manager Leon Neel, "You take care of my trees!" Wade has every intention of doing so. "There's no place like Thomas - ville. There's no other large mass of contiguous plantations of like-minded philanthropists and conservationists who own land in the common good for the benefit of wildlife propagation," says Jon Kohler of Jon Kohler & Associates. "And that's important for the entire ecosystem. You have 300,000 acres dedicated to increasing wildlife and wild ecosystems." — Corinne Garcia Greenwood Plantation Thomas County, Georgia Seller: Greentree Foundation Seller's Broker: Jon Kohler, Jon Kohler & Associates Buyer: Greenwood Research Foundation Buyer's Broker: Jon Kohler, Jon Kohler & Associates DEAL OF THE YEAR 2015 C O N S E R V A T I O N S P R I N G 2 0 1 6 | The LandReport 87 LANDREPORT.COM

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