his year marks the fourth time
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haspresented the top 100 landowners in the country. And italso marks the fourth time that Ted Turner has topped ourlist. In 2010, Turner added to his chart-topping 2 million-plus acresby acquiring Nonami Plantation near Albany, Georgia. The acquisi-tion is a notable one because Nonami ranks as the largest propertyfor the entrepreneur, environmentalist, philanthropist, and mediamogul in the state where he was raised.Nonami Plantation adds 8,800 acres to the 15 ranches Turnerowns in seven states, and it is considered one of the finest quailhunting venues in the Peach State. Turner purchased the plantationfrom a longtime business associate, Atlanta developer Tom Cousins,in a private transaction.“Tom and Ted have been good friends for many years,” saysTurner spokesman Phillip Evans. “From what I understand theymade a gentlemen’s agreement years ago. If Tom ever decided tosell, Ted would get first option to purchase the property. They bothappreciate what a special piece of land it is.”Much of the property is already under a conservation easement.“As with all of Turner’s land, Nonami will be managed in an envi-ronmentally and ecologically friendly manner,” Evans adds.Turner’s record as a landowner proves that he is nothing if notdedicated to running his holdings in a way that promotes the con-servation of both the land itself and native species. In particular,Turner is known for his conservation of buffalo.His 50,000+ is the world’s largest private herd. He recentlyoffered to shelter 87 bison from Yellowstone National Park forfive years as part of an experiment by the Montana Departmentof Fish, Wildlife and Parks to establish a free-roaming herd free of brucellosis and other diseases that can spread to cattle. After thefive years, the bison will be returned to the State of Montana, andTurner will keep a percentage of the herd’s offspring.Innovative solutions to ensure the continuation of endangeredspecies are but one facet of Turner’s stewardship philosophy.Another lies in clean, renewable energy. In January 2010, TurnerRenewable Energy partnered with Southern Company to developrenewable energy resources on his properties as well as off. Theirfirst project, New Mexico’s Cimarron Solar Facility, will be one of the nation’s largest photovoltaic plants, generating enough energy tosupply 9,000 homes with electricity. Cimarron, which is scheduledto begin commercial operation in late 2010, is located next toTurner’s Vermejo Park Ranch, the largest privately owned pon-derosa pine ecosystem in the nation.The Cimarron plant is yet another example of how Turner backsup his opinions with concrete action. He has been increasingly vocalabout his belief that the United States should move toward moresustainable forms of energy, and he has gone as far as to lobbyCongress on renewable energy and climate issues. It goes hand inhand with his desire to use his clout and his land to make the worlda better place for his—and our—children and grandchildren.
he family business, Irving Woodlands, has been an integral part of forestry inMaine for more than 60 years and owns over 1.2 million acres certified by boththe Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Forestresearch and conservation are key elements of the company’s forestry activities. Notonly are 20 percent of its holdings dedicated to habitat conservation, but the Irvingsdonated $1 million to create a chair in forest sustainability research at the Universityof Maine. The company has earned the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award and has beenrecognized by the World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and the InteriorDepartment for research and conservation of the Northern Forest woodcock. IrvingWoodlands is also a leader in tree planting and reforestations.
2+ million acresVISIONARY
The nation’slargestlandowneracquired oneof Georgia’sfinest quailplantationsin 2010.
he lumber industry’s sluggish yearmay have taken Emmerson downa few notches on
’s roster of billionaires, but he remains in the secondslot on
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’s list, right wherehe’s been all along. The third generationof Emmersons is now involved in runningthe family’s Sierra Pacific Industries: Red’slate father “Curly” founded the business in1949, Red serves as president, and his sonMark is VP of finance. Sierra Pacific ranksas California’s largest private landowner.Among its noteworthy achievements in2010 was placing 7,500 acres just north of Truckee under conservation easements,the first such action taken by the company.
1.7 million acresCONSERVATION
ike many aself-madebillionaire,Brad Kelley shunspublicity. Shuns itso much, in fact,that he’s becomesomething of anenigma to manyof his neighbors,a presence madeeven larger by hisabsence. Kelley’senormous holdingsare spread acrossTexas, New Mexico,and Florida. Hisproperties are usedprimarily to propa-gate rare species of animals, includingendangered ones.He has used hisshrewd businessacumen to guidehis purchases,snapping up choicetracts with thenatural resourcesneeded to furtherhis considerableconservation efforts.
1.2 million acresTIMBER