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Rockies 2018

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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30 The LandReport | R O C K I E S 2 0 1 8 LANDREPORT.COM H A N D B O O K FrontGate F our or five years ago, I listed a historic ranch in Utah right next to Capitol Reef National Park. In operation for more than a century, the Sandy Ranch is a high-desert outfit that runs about 1,000 head on 6,970 acres. Doesn't make sense, does it? A cow-calf pair per every seven acres in the middle of the desert? Welcome to the West. The reason these figures do make sense is because immediately adjacent to the Sandy are more than 170,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management lands that the ranch leases. And in the Dixie National Forest, the ranch leases 72,000 acres of grazing lands. There's a lesson here. Landowners and their managers must understand the underlying advantages and the potential conflicts to owning land in the West. Public Lands Primer Not all public lands are created equal. That is especially the case out West where almost half the land — 47 percent — is owned by Uncle Sam. Te xt by Ken Mirr US land area = 2.27 billion acres Private landowners own 61% Uncle Sam owns 27% The Bureau of Land Management oversees one out of every 10 acres in the United States.

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