The Land Report

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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126 The LandReport | W I N T E R 2 0 1 7 LANDREPORT.COM The Land Report 100 96 | 97 | Green Heirs 150,000 acres e descendants of William Henry Green maintain a ranching legacy in and around Albany, Texas, "Home of the Hereford." e family hosts Polo on the Prairie, which has raised more than $5 million to benefit MD Anderson Cancer Center. David Murdock 149,700 acres Ongoing projects for the 94-year-old Dole Food billionaire include solar and wind power developments on Oahu to pro- vide the island with clean energy through Castle & Cooke. He also has residential communities in various levels of develop- ment throughout California, Arizona, and North Carolina. Wells Family 149,000 acres omas Wells founded the Rush Creek Land & Livestock operation. Today, his heirs own acreage stretching across eight Nebraska counties. In addition to its cow-calf operation, Rush Creek raises alfalfa and grass hay; it also operates a commercial hunting division. "ere's a few more cattle, maybe, but it's the same old ranch," says manager Gerald Davis. L-A-D Foundation 147,000 acres e late Leo A. Drey once ranked as Missouri's largest landowner. Committed to restoring the natural beauty of the Ozark woodlands, he donated his 143,000-acre Pioneer Forest to the L-A-D Foundation, which is dedicated to stewardship of the forest and other natural and cultural lands. e foundation has developed an environ- mentally sustainable method of uneven- aged management known as "single-tree selection" and recently added forestland in Reynolds, Shannon, and Carter Counties. Don Oppliger 146,000 acres All of us at e Land Report are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Don Oppliger (1949–2017) in June. Based in Amarillo, the Oppliger Companies are a diversified agribusiness operation that operates in Texas, New Mexico, and Nebraska. Holdings include a dairy, six large-scale feedlots, 50,000-plus acres of irrigated farmland, and four ranches across the Nebraska Plains. Benjy Griffith III 145,000 acres down 80,000 acres e founder of Southern Pine Plantations, Griffith has trimmed his holdings, exiting Montana with the sale of Willow Creek Ranch and selling his Tennessee timber- lands. at leaves Griffith with more than 225 square miles of forestland in Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Georgia, where he is based in Macon. 98 | 99 | 100 | 93 |

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