On the dry side of the Wasatch Range in the northeast corner of Utah, you can still find big sweeps of sagebrush freckled with pockets of aspen, mountain mahogany and black timber. Clear, cold creeks glide through native grasses and forbs that have never felt the bite of the plow. There are ranches where it is possible to spot cattle, sheep, elk, mule deer and antelope all scattered across one long ridge. The Milky Way shines bright enough to throw the shadows of aspen across the sage. This is the home of the Birch Creek Ranch.
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THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE - "MIKE SWAN - THE VALUES OF THE LAND" WRITTEN BY LORIE WOODWARD CANTU, WAS FEATURED IN THE WINTER 2015 ISSUE OF LAND, A LANDS OF AMERICA PUBLICATION.
When Mike Swan’s father, George, taught him the values of responsibility, hard work and protecting the family name as they worked side-by-side on the family’s commercial cow-calf ranch in Montana’s Ruby Valley, it wasn’t in anticipation of a phone call from the actress Jane Fonda.
“My phone rang one day and it was Jane Fonda,” said Swan, owner and managing broker of Swan Land Company in Bozeman, Mont. “She said, ‘I’ve heard your name in several of my circles and I think you’re someone I need to meet.’ All I could think was ‘How in the world would Jane Fonda know my name?’”
Join people from around the world for the most prestigious Native American fine arts market as it returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico August 22, 2015, 7am - 5pm, & August 23, 2015 8am - 5pm! The Santa Fe Indian Market is in its 94th year and is the largest cultural event in the southwest that celebrates tribal traditions old and new while featuring fine art, dance, food, music, designers, film, wood carvings, leather goods and much more.
The Santa Fe Indian Market began in 1922 as the Indian Fair and was sponsored by the Museum of New Mexico. In 1936 the New Mexico Association of Indian Affairs adopted the event and is now put on by the nonprofit group Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. It boasts the top Native/ Indigenous artists from federally recognized tribes in the United States as well as Canada’s First Nations’ tribes. The logo for the festival, with permission from the artist Dan Namingha, represents the Hopi Indians four cardinal directions: yellow for North, red for South, blue for West and white for the East and signifies one's journey to Santa Fe for the Indian Market.
Swan Land Company is pleased to announce the sale of Birch Springs Ranch.
The Birch Springs Ranch is located on Utah Highway 43 about 2½ miles west of the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area and the town of Manila. The 781± deeded acres of Birch Springs Ranch has been compiled and improved over the past seventeen years. Perhaps the most significant improvement was converting all of the flood irrigation to more efficient gravity-pressurized wheel-line sprinklers. Generally, the Ranch’s crop-land soils are made up of Poposhia Loam, Poposhia Clay Loam and McFadden Fine Sandy Loam. With proper erosion control, consistent fertilization and good water management, these soils are well suited for hay production and irrigated pasture.
Offered at $1,495,000.
We are excited to welcome Steve Leibinger as a new Sales Associate to Swan Land Company. With deep family ties to Montana and its rich ranching history, Steve is proud to call the West his home. As the son of parents who both grew up in Montana and with grandfathers in the ranching and ranch appraisal businesses, Steve was naturally drawn to Montana for its exceptional lifestyle and unparalleled outdoor recreation opportunities. Steve is dedicated to representing and preserving the high quality of life that Montana provides and is pleased to contribute his diverse talents to Swan Land Company.
After graduating with honors from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science degree specializing in environmental sciences, Steve ran a successful fly fishing guiding and outfitting business providing him a vast knowledge of the Rocky Mountain’s trout waters and the land they influence.
We are excited to welcome Scott Williams, a Wyoming native, as a new Sales Associate to Swan Land Company. With extensive ranching, recreational and business experience, Scott brings a wealth of knowledge to our team. Raised on a working cattle ranch near Saratoga, Wyoming, his childhood experiences taught Scott the life lessons of working hard, being accountable and helping out where needed.
As mentioned in a recent blog post discussing an article from the New York Times about Investing in Land, Mike Swan, owner and managing broker of Swan Land Company, deliberated several important aspects to pay close attention to when buying and selling ranch property. One of those key aspects that he discussed was water rights. Water in the West is a critical commodity and can have a major impact on the real estate of farm land and agricultural properties. Although information to research water rights is available, it can be a major endeavor to dig deep enough to gather pertinent information.
Mike Swan, broker owner of Swan Land Company in Bozeman, Montana, as quoted in the New York Times, explains some reasons for investing in land. The August 8th article in the Real Estate section - A Ranch With 1,000 Acres, For Your Inner Buckaroo, written by Julie Satow begins from a New Yorkers perspective: 'Most New Yorkers would barely know what to do with 1,000 square feet of space, let alone 1,000 acres. But what’s to stop us from trying to figure it out. Buying a ranch is the stuff of childhood cowboy fantasy — riding horseback past herds of bison or standing knee-deep in a rushing stream filled with trout.
Forked Lightning Ranch featured in the Wall Street Journal
We are pleased to announce the sale of the Lazy J Ranch located in Bridger Canyon near Bozeman, Montana.
Comprised of approximately 5,665 deeded acres, the Lazy J Ranch is the largest privately held block of land in the renowned Bridger Canyon in Southwest Montana. Current zoning allows one residence per 40 acres creating an ideal candidate for a conservation-minded buyer. This zoning designation also provides the potential for strategic and tasteful development in this highly sought after region in Southwest Montana.
Bridger Creek provides private trout waters, and the magnificent Bridger Mountains have a resident elk herd numbering in the hundreds. Bridger Bowl Ski Resort and about three and a half miles of Gallatin National Forest border the Ranch.
The Lazy J Ranch has been held under the careful stewardship of the Taylor Family since the early 1960s and is being offered for sale for the first time in over fifty years.