The Land Report

Summer 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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BackGate 96 The LandReport | S U M M E R 2 0 1 6 LANDREPORT.COM Nature Conservancy Buys JE Canyon Q uickly — off the top of your head, name the number of cattle ranches that boast their own herd of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. Now create a second list, one that one that features working ranches with more than 50 miles of Q features one that features working ranches with more than 50 miles of Q working ranches with more than 50 miles of canyons rising from lush river bottoms. The final criterion is equally challenging: the presence of archaeological sites ranging from prehistoric to pioneer days, including Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo settlers. All of these diverse elements are present on Colorado's historic JE Canyon Ranch. Oh, and by the way, that herd of bighorn sheep? It's the largest private herd in the Centennial State. These are just a few of the reasons The Nature Conservancy saw fit to pay $21 million for the nearly 50,000-acre holding, which is watered by 9 miles of the Purgatoire River and 5 miles of Chacuaco Creek. The wide array of terrain and ecosystems supports more than 850 species of plants and animals, including elk, mule deer, and bear. CONTINUED ON PAGE 95 A landmark transaction in the canyon country of Southeast Colorado.

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