“This land is your land…” if your name is Malone or Turner

Malone - in need of landbuddies
Media Titan John C. Malone, is completing on nearly one million acres of timberland in Maine, and could soon overtake Ted Turner to become the largest private landowner in the United States. Will he register on landbuddy.com in the category “Off-grid and wants others to join”? We hope so.


This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York Island
From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me

Mr. Malone, who lives in Colorado, has a controlling interest in QVC cable channel; Expedia.com, travel Web site; and Sirius XM satellite radio.
But what will he do with the land – enough to house hundreds of thousands of Americans? He intends to keep the land as a working forest, aides said, and will continue to supply timber to local paper mills and keep the land open to the public for recreation. Environmentalists are ”cautiously optimistic” that Mr. Malone will not develop the land, said Cathy Johnson of the Natural Resources Council of Maine.
Mr. Malone owns various parcels of land around the country, including more than 68,000 undeveloped acres in Maine and the 290,000-acre Bell Ranch in New Mexico. Once he buys roughly 980,000 acres in Maine’s North Woods and about 20,000 acres in neighboring New Hampshire, under a deal to be completed by Tuesday, he will own 2.1 million acres nationwide.
Mr. Turner, who is a longtime friend of Mr. Malone’s, owns about 2 million acres in the United States, much of it ranch land, and he also owns about 100,000 acres in Argentina. He raises more than 50,000 head of bison across his various ranches and has long reigned as America’s No. 1 land holder.
”The odds are, when the tabulations are done and this transaction closes, Mr. Malone definitely will be America’s largest landowner,” said Eric O’Keefe, editor of The Land Report, a magazine that keeps track of such things.
Mr. Malone is buying the land from GMO Renewable Resources for an undisclosed price. John Cashwell, a consultant in Maine who is helping with the transaction, said the land came with a long-term wood-supply contract with Verso paper mills.
”It’s a working forest that will supply jobs for hundreds of woodcutters and truckers in this state and the employees of two paper mills,” he said. He said Mr. Malone would keep it as sustainably managed forestland. And by allowing public access, he said, Mr. Malone would not receive a tax break, but the state provides some liability protection for personal injuries, such as snowmobile accidents.

The purchases of huge tracts of land are striking, but not uncommon in Maine, 95 percent of which is privately owned. Of the state’s 19.5 million acres, 17.7 million are forest land.

Here is the full list of top US landowners: https://www.businessinsider.com/biggest-landowners-america?slop=1

And the rest of the song goes like so….

As I was walking a ribbon of highway
I saw above me an endless skyway
I saw below me a golden valley
This land was made for you and me


I’ve roamed and rambled and I’ve followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me


The sun comes shining as I was strolling
The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
The fog was lifting a voice come chanting
This land was made for you and me


As I was walkin’ – I saw a sign there
And that sign said – no tress passin’
But on the other side …. it didn’t say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!


In the squares of the city – In the shadow of the steeple
Near the relief office – I see my people
And some are grumblin’ and some are wonderin’
If this land’s still made for you and me.

Chorus (2x)

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