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Winter 2017

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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118 The LandReport | W I N T E R 2 0 1 7 LANDREPORT.COM The L and Report 100 No. 66 65 | Bidegain Family 225,000 acres From their headquarters in Eastern New Mexico, Phil Bidegain runs the family ranch, which was founded 1902 and remains among the largest in the state. With help from wife Laurie and their two sons, he oversees the T4 Cattle Company. In addition to a thriving cow-calf operation, T4 also breeds champion Quarter Horses. Yates Family 221,500 acres Patriarch Martin Yates Jr. founded Yates Petroleum in the 1920s. Almost a century later, it was acquired by Houston-based EOG Resources for $2.34 billion. His heirs own the historic Ojo Feliz Ranch in the northern part of the state. Other properties include a 98,500-acre ranch that services Atarque Land and Livestock, along with Gatano Ranch and the Cross D Ranches. Cassidy Heirs 220,180 acres Within decades of arriving in Maine, John Cassidy rose from a penniless Irish immi- grant to one of the largest landowners in the state. While most of the family's hold- ings are in Maine, Cassidy Timberlands also has operations in Florida. Scott Family 220,000 acres When Homer and Mildred Scott started ranching in 1943, they ran 300 head on 3,000 acres. Today, their heirs run 10,000 cattle on 475,000 acres (220,000 deeded plus 255,000 leased) that straddle the Mon- tana–Wyoming state line. Ge family also runs more than 10,000 cattle on private and leased land located in and around Montana's Crow Indian Reservation. East Foundation 216,430 acres up 701 acres Ganks to efforts on a half-dozen South Texas ranches, the East Foundation has become a model of wildlife and rangeland conservation. Patriarch Tom T. East Sr. began buying up land in Brooks County more than a century ago. His heirs' founda- tion focuses on the preservation of native habitats in four distinct ecologies. T.R Miller Heirs 215,000 acres Gomas Richard Miller sensed Alabama's timber boom and bought a sawmill in 1872. It remains one of the oldest continu- ously operated in the US. Ge descendants of the pioneering lumberman remain active in the Brewton-based company. Hearst Family 214,00 acres William Randolph Hearst (1863–1951) made history as a publisher, but it was his father, George Hearst (1820–1891), who built the family fortune. And it all began with land. (See Henry Chappell's profile of Hearst Ranch in e Land Report, Summer 2014.) Ge elder Hearst was a Missouri na- tive who went to California as a 49er and hit the biggest silver strike in US history. Hearst parlayed this success into sundry other mining interests, including South Dakota's Homestake Mine and Montana's Anaconda Copper Mine. He also bought 48,000 acres of ranchland near the Central California coastal community of San Simeon. Today, the family's California holdings include the 80,000-acre Piedra Blanca Rancho at San Simeon, the 73,000- acre Jack Ranch near Cholame, and 61,000 acres of timberland in Northern California. A.S. Gage Heirs 213,730 acres Vermont native Alfred S. Gage amassed a staggering 500,000 acres in Far West Texas in the late nineteenth century. And he did so in style, commissioning Henry Trost to design Marathon's world-renowned Gage Hotel as his headquarters. 61 | 64 | 62 | 63 | 67 | A landmark 2005 conservation easement ensures that the Hearst family's 80,000-acre Piedra Blanca Rancho will be preserved in perpetuity. STEVE E. MILLER 66 | 60 |

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