Conservation



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Two World-Class Montana Ranches Become One

It is unusual for two adjacent world-class ranches to come to market at the same time, but that is just what happened with the West Boulder Ranch and the Burnt Leather Ranch-Steen Place, nestled side-by-side at the base of the Absaroka Mountains in McLeod, Montana. Together, they comprise three miles of the West Boulder River […]


Landowners Work Together To Protect Montana’s Yellowstone River

A blog by James Esperti, Partner, Sales Associate, Fay Ranches We just received exciting news for the 5,556± acre Engwis Ranch and surrounding landowners: the threat of a neighboring wind farm has been mitigated! Local landowners worked together and were successful in getting a preliminary injunction placed on Pattern Energy and their plans to install […]


What You Need to Know About Land Trusts & the Conservation Easements They Hold

By George “Mac” E. McGee IV Recently, I attended the Southeastern Land Trust Alliance Conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee. During the three-day conference, of which Fay Ranches was a sponsor, I visited with regional representatives from the Alliance, The Conservation Fund, Southern Company, U.S. Forest Service, timber companies and land trusts. The event provided excellent presentations […]


Fay Ranches Southeast Underwrites 21st Annual Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival

written by George “Mac” E. McGee IV, Fay Ranches Southeast, Chattanooga, TN In late November, I had the honor of representing Fay Ranches Southeast as an underwriter for the 21st Annual Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival (PWAF) in Thomasville, GA.  Thomasville is widely known as the epicenter in the Red Hill Region of the traditional Southern lifestyle of owning and […]


Montana Announces Conservation Initiatives for 2016

The USDA Montana National Resources Conservation Service announced conservation initiatives for 2016 this week. The funding will be provided by the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, and will be used to target specific resource concerns in Montana in 2016, which include On-Farm Energy, Organic, Seasonal High Tunnel, Prairie Pothole Wetland and Grassland Retention, Honey Bee Pollinators, […]


Congress Poised to Make Tax Incentive for Donations of Conservation Easements Permanent

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. Read the full article at the Land Trust Alliance. […]


The Hunter Conservationist Paradox

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. From the article: […]


Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) Helps Landowners Protect and Restore Key Land Assets

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 […]