LandTrust Blog

Productive Winter for Landowners

Our landowners have been busy at work on their farms and ranches the last few months. With fall  harvest, gearing up for winter and prepping for calving in the spring - the action never stops! However, many of our landowners use January/February to take a deep breath, reflect on the previous year and plan for their upcoming goal operations. This year, we've seen many of our current landowners seeking ways to improve the quality of their listing by including game cameras, researching blinds, and investing in small cabins or other lodging arrangements. Additionally, they are considering expanding their recreation access by adding more activities to their listing. 

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The Future of Land Ownership

"There's an old adage - buy land, they're not making more of it."

A while back, our LandTrust CEO and Founder, Nic De Castro, sat down with Jacob Hendrix, the host at Roadcast, to discuss the future of land ownership. Roadcast is a youtube channel that shares interesting stories of inspirational and design-minded people. Their motto is to uncover design inspiration wherever the road leads...

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Balancing the Enterprise Mix

JohnHansenAbout the author: John Hansen is a Nebraska Landowner bringing his ideas and perspective to the forefront of our mission; to partner with landowners who value adaptive management and are seeking alternative sources of revenue. With an education in Animal and Range Sciences from Montana State University, several years managing small to medium sized ranches, and 26 years with Ted Turner managing some of the largest land holdings in the U.S., John brings a depth of knowledge and experience to LandTrust and its landowner partners. His strong background in agriculture and natural resource management provides a unique opportunity to share what he has learned through this extensive experience base with landowners to help them achieve a more profitable Land Business.

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Her First Hunting Experience

Colton Kramer made a promise to his girlfriend this year that he would take her deer hunting for the first time and that it would be a great experience. But when his plans to take her to a friend’s ranch suddenly fell through, he turned to LandTrust.

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Diversity in your Land Business – Have you planned for it?

JohnHansenAbout the author: John Hansen is a Nebraska Landowner bringing his ideas and perspective to the forefront of our mission; to partner with landowners who value adaptive management and are seeking alternative sources of revenue. With an education in Animal and Range Sciences from Montana State University, several years managing small to medium sized ranches, and 26 years with Ted Turner managing some of the largest land holdings in the U.S., John brings a depth of knowledge and experience to LandTrust and its landowner partners. His strong background in agriculture and natural resource management provides a unique opportunity to share what he has learned through this extensive experience base with landowners to help them achieve a more profitable Land Business.

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The Recreation Market - How it Has Changed and is Evolving

JohnHansenAbout the author: John Hansen is a Nebraska Landowner bringing his ideas and perspective to the forefront of our mission; to partner with landowners who value adaptive management and are seeking alternative sources of revenue. With an education in Animal and Range Sciences from Montana State University, several years managing small to medium sized ranches, and 26 years with Ted Turner managing some of the largest land holdings in the U.S., John brings a depth of knowledge and experience to LandTrust and its landowner partners. His strong background in agriculture and natural resource management provides a unique opportunity to share what he has learned through this extensive experience base with landowners to help them achieve a more profitable Land Business.


IMG_2213In my previous LandTrust Blog, Land Ownership - View It as a Business, I encouraged landowners to view their land as a business and to begin to analyze their asset for the various attributes, products, and values that can be monetized to contribute to the land revenue. If you have worked on that process, you have probably come up with the standard consumptive/extractive type products such as: livestock production, crop production, timber production, and mineral extraction (mining, oil, coal, etc.). You may have also listed “experience based” products such as: hunting, fishing, bird watching, nature/ecology tours, camping, hiking, agricultural experience visits, agricultural educational tours, and rural wedding packages. The “additive/ecosystem services” products you have identified may be: carbon sequestration, water retention, soil retention, wildlife habitat improvements, or pollinator habitat enhancements.

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A LandTrust Birding Experience

Through LandTrust, birders are now able to access some of the most biodiverse lands in the country. For example, Nebraska is part of the Central Flyway that provides habitat for 10’s of millions of migratory birds every year. The shallow wetlands of the western Sandhills present a playground for an abundance of avian wildlife, with bird populations exploding across the remote country fields. LandTrust’s recreation access network includes many new listings in this diverse Nebraska region, opening access to over 160,000 acres of private land that are humming with bird calls.

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The Life of a Birder

LandTrust is the recreation access network that connects landowners to outdoor enthusiasts looking for higher quality experiences. In the process, we are working on opening millions of acres of private land for people to explore. Our recreators range from hunters/sportsmen and fishermen to wildlife photographers and mushroom foragers. Most recently, we have introduced birding to our network.

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