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Exceptional alfalfa creates strong demand for Utah investment property

Thunder Ranch, located along the Utah and Colorado border adjoining Dinosaur National Monument and 5 miles of the Green River, is seeing some strong interest this summer because of its valuable water rights and the income it can produce from … Continued

Glenwood Springs named most fun city in U.S.

Glenwood Springs, Colorado has been chosen by USA Today as the most fun city in the U.S. Out of 30 nominees, the quaint resort town, which is only 6 miles from the iconic Sunlight Ranch, was selected after teams traveled … Continued

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“Wild lands” designation could accomodate habitat enhancements

This week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering limited development in areas with wilderness protections in place. According to the New York Times: “Wild lands” could accommodate rangeland improvements, wildlife-habitat enhancements or mountain biking as long as those … Continued

Wyoming conservation properties facing legislation change

Conservation properties could be facing a change in Wyoming. According to the Casper Star-Tribune, the Wyoming Senate advanced legislation this week that would take away the authority from the Environmental Quality Council to deem areas “very rare or uncommon.” Supporters … Continued

New plan focuses on healthier forests near Colorado ranches, other states

A new plan released by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week changes the way U.S. Forests are currently managed. This impacts forest lands adjacent to Colorado ranches, as well as ranchland in Wyoming, Utah, and in 44 other states. According … Continued

Grazing fee remains the same for ranches in 2011

Many of our Colorado ranches for sale, Utah ranches for sale and Wyoming ranches for sale are adjacent to public lands and many of those sellers currently graze their cattle and/or other animals on those lands for a fee. In … Continued

Conservation properties sign up for Sage Grouse program

Owners of conservation properties in Colorado will want to sign-up for the Sage Grouse Initiative by the March 1, 2011 deadline. The program, run by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), helps landowners develop … Continued

Sporting enthusiasts may have stronger say in national forest management

As Mirr Ranch Group specializes in ranches for sale, many of our listings feature sporting opportunities. In addition to wonderful recreation available on the properties themselves, one element that adds value to the property, as well as additional sporting possibilities, … Continued

Conservation tax incentives renewed

As you may know, Mirr Ranch Group specializes in conservation properties and consulting. Our owner and one of our brokers, Ken Mirr, is a former public lands attorney, and is currently President of the Board for the Colorado Coalition of … Continued

Baby boomers increasingly moving to rural areas

According to a report released by the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, baby boomers, now aged 45 to 63, are increasingly moving to rural areas. In fact, by 2020, “non-metro population age 55-75 will increase by 30 … Continued

Measures to hault Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site

Ranchers near La Junta, Colorado were in federal court today to try to block the Army’s proposed expansion of their Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site. The landowners want the judge “to order the Army to prepare a new environmental impact statement … Continued

Surveys, water rights and conservation

It’s been a busy news week in the ranching world. Earlier this week, it was reported that the four corners area is mis-marked: “According to readings by the National Geodetic Survey, the Four Corners marker showing the intersection of Arizona, … Continued

Horse abandonment renews slaughterhouse considerations

Horse neglect is in the news again. As the recession continues, an increasing number of horse-owners are forced to abandon their horses. Horse slaughterhouses are brought back to the forefront as a possible solution, as Missouri, Montana and North and … Continued

Wilderness bill passes Senate again

On Thursday, the Senate approved a bill that will “would confer the government’s highest level of protection on land ranging from California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range and Oregon’s Mount Hood to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and parts of … Continued

Montana seeing increase in horse abandonment, neglect

The economy is taking a toll in the equestrian world this week. In Montana, horse neglect and abandonment is on the rise according to an article in the Flathead Beacon: “In addition to the doubling in the price of horse … Continued

Public Access vs. Property Rights

Before the holiday, a long-standing case in Montana, often referred to as the Mitchell Slough case, was brought to a close. As recapped in this morning’s New York Times: “The Montana Supreme Court ruled… that the 16-mile-long stream, Mitchell Slough, … Continued

Invest with confidence

No doubt about it, the current economy is uncertain. While Mirr Ranch Group doesn’t claim to be experts on the economy, we are experts in real estate, particularly in ranch and rural land investment. And while the residential real estate … Continued

Rural land a safe investment

Invest Magazine had an insightful article in its October issue about investing in rural land. According to the author, we’re on the verge of the biggest land rush in our nation’s history, even surpassing the 1893 boom. “Both individual and … Continued

Hot investment tip: Buy hunting land

Hunting properties have become a hot ticket in recent years. According to an article in the Land Report, “hunters have proven that they are willing to drive the market in their quest to preserve a place that enables them to … Continued

Biking through “Colorado’s Wine Capital”

The high-quality wineries of Palisade, Colorado were highlighted in the national news over the weekend. The New York Times author, who took a three-day bike tour through Colorado’s fruit and wine country, put it best: “No, this isn’t Napa or … Continued

Grand Junction named fifth “Best Performing” city in the United States

Great news for those thinking about relocating to Colorado’s western slope. Grand Junction has recently been named in the top five for best economically performing U.S. city by the Milken Institute and Greenstreet Real Estate Partners. Metropolitan city rankings are … Continued

Ranches holding on to value

Despite the credit crunch in the U.S., larger ranches, hunting properties and fishing properties are holding their value. Check out a recent bit from CNBC, “How the West was Marketed.”

Palisade’s Colorado Mountain Winefest and Orchard Mesa Reserve to be showcased

Cabernet or Chardonnay? Riesling or Merlot? These might be choices at your local wine shop or restaurant, but they’re also what a landowner can grow in one’s own front yard at Palisade, Colorado’s Orchard Mesa Reserve, one of the first-of-its-kind … Continued

Taking care of our National Forests

In an article in the Idaho Statesman today, Rocky Barker discusses how policies for fighting our nation’s forest fires has been impacted in many different ways by the 1988 Yellowstone fire. Some policies let the fire burn, and see the … Continued

Farm real estate values continue to rise

Despite the under-performing residential and commercial real estate markets, the price of farm real estate is breaking records across the nation, and the American West is taking the lead. According to a report released by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics … Continued

BLM proposes horse euthanasia program

Wild horses are in the news again, as the Bureau of Land Management deals with an over population problem and is proposing euthanasia for these mustangs. In a Sunday article in the New York Times: “For years, the bureau has … Continued

Recent legislative developments in the conservation community

In light of Colorado HB-1353 going into effect on July 1, 2008, and the recent passing of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (the “Farm Bill”) by Congress, the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts (CCLT) sent out a timeline … Continued

Nevada rancher wins property rights battle

In Reno, Nevada this week, the estate of a rancher was awarded $4.2 million by a federal judge after “ruling that the U.S. Forest Service committed a constitutional ‘taking’ of his water rights during a decades-long dispute over livestock grazing … Continued

Investors gobbling up ranchland

Private investors are now betting on increasing global food demand. The latest trend has these investors buying up farm and ranch real estate, along with equipment, around the globe. Some are positive about the trend, claiming these investors “could bolster … Continued

Horses & pending National Animal Identification System

Western Horseman Magazine printed an article in it’s latest issue about the controversies with the pending National Animal Identification System, what it means for the U.S. horse population, and how horse owners are reacting. Read the article for more information.