Photo Courtesy USDA NRCS
Article by Jon Fossel, Owner of Elk Meadows Ranch in Big Sky, Montana.
Our 2015 hunting season had several wonderful highlights and a couple of disappointments.
Jon’s 14 year old granddaughter, Megan, came in June for her very first big game hunt. She shot a spectacular 250 lb. cinnamon colored black bear on the first day of her hunt. She was a bit nervous but made a perfect 100 yard downhill shot.
Congressional leaders have announced a broad, year-end deal that will make permanent the enhanced incentive for donations of conservation easements! Additionally, the deal includes a brief but welcome reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund — setting the stage for important legislative action next year.
This year, October 27th marked the 157th birthday of former president and conservationist Theodore Roosevelt, a beloved national figure and pioneer in the world of land conservation, whose legacy has lasted long after his death. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently published an article celebrating his achievements as a conservationist.
Protecting agricultural land assets just became easier for ranch buyers and owners when Agricultural Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced November 16, 2015, that $350 million will be available to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the United States. The funding is provided through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), created by the 2014 Farm Bill to protect critical river and stream resources and wildlife habitat.
As the majority owner and founder of Fay Ranches, Greg Fay, along with his partners, has been an owner and manager of a productive farm/ranch in Madison County, Montana since 1995. Along with his wife Shannon, the Fays have been active in the outdoors their entire lives.
It has been an exciting year for Fay Ranches, one that could be classified as the year of growth and innovation.
Fay Ranches is very proud to sponsor the 2015 issue of the The Land Report 100. The Land Report profiles the 100 biggest landowners in the country, and is once again produced by long-time Fay Ranches' friends, Eddie Lee Rider and Eric O'Keefe.