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02/17/2015
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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.

01/29/2015
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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. 

01/27/2015
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Swan Land Company is pleased to announce the sale of Chesnut Valley Farm. This 1,068± deeded acres represent an opportunity to own solid irrigated farm land with reliable crop yields and extensive wing-shooting opportunities. Its healthy fields, coupled with abundant natural cover and acres of open water offer excellent wildlife habitat while maintaining the productivity of the existing agricultural operation.  Located in Cascade County’s most traditional agricultural locale, the Farm can be maintained as a very productive farming operation due in part to its abundant water resources and established water rights. With a consistent soil profile and reliable crop yields, the Farm is an attractive commodity producing hedge against rising inflation. In 2014, the malt barley crop yield averaged 133 bushels per acre!

01/12/2015
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SHARED OWNERSHIP - WHEN PARTS ARE GREATER THAN THE WHOLE

The recreation-driven buyer has returned, but they are cautious and very well acquainted with the market, as the internet provides easy access to a wealth of information.   In addition to solid market knowledge and financial assessments, Buyers are often considering the amount of time they are able to utilize their recreation property, as typically these are not primary residence purchases.  When Buyers conduct an honest assessment of how much time they have available to use a property, often they realize there are far more open weeks in the calendar than full ones.  The concept of leveraging available time on properties that are under-utilized is not new; timeshare and fractional ownership has been part of the real estate landscape for many decades.  Often they are focused on resort-style real estate with high demand and the pricing to match.  Sharing a ranch in Montana may be something many buyers have not considered, but there are many good reasons to consider this approach. 

12/18/2014
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Located on the northwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau in Utah, there is evidence of Native Americans dating back 8,000 years.  In an area now known as Nine Mile Canyon, a Native American tribe known as the Fremont Culture made this their home as early as 300 A.D. This prehistoric culture, primarily hunters and farmers, utilized quite sophisticated methods including irrigation for farming.  By 700 A.D., villages had been established and the Fremont region flourished until around 1250 A.D.  It is thought that more aggressive Ute, Paiute and Shoshoni peoples that migrated to the area may have displaced the tribe or absorbed the Fremont into their own culture.

11/20/2014
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If you are considering purchasing land that is protected under a conservation easement, understanding the fundamentals of these agreements is a valuable asset to determining if the land is right for you.  It is always best to start by discussing your questions and concerns with a qualified real estate broker or an attorney that has experience in conservation easements. They can help you find answers about what it is intended for, what rights and restrictions are in place and its specific terms and provisions.

What is a Conservation Easement?

A conservation easement, as they are utilized today, is a relatively recent and popular tool implemented by a land owner that puts permanent protection on land for preservation purposes.  In the late 1800s through the 1940s, they were utilized by the federal government to maintain scenic beauty to be enjoyed by the public through parks and parkways. Today, conservation easements are utilized by private land owners, typically designed to restrict development.

11/18/2014
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Swan Land Company is please to announce the sale of Three Buttes Cattle Company - a sportsman’s paradise with Pope and Young deer and trophy trout in the 1.5 mile stretch of the Sun River that runs through the Ranch.  Located four miles west of Simms and about 45 minutes from Great Falls, the 1,237 deeded-acre Ranch encompasses native pastures, irrigated alfalfa fields, lush wooded river bottom, big valleys and dramatic views of Floweree, Crown and Shaw Buttes.  This part of Montana is an extension of the Rocky Mountain Front, which is often called the ‘Crown of the Continent’ and represents some of the most scenic and dramatic views in the Rocky Mountains. 

The main residence, an exquisite Phil Korrell-designed and built home, is perfectly sited to offer the unique perspective of both the up-stream and down-stream views of the Sun River corridor.  The home, equipped with a custom designed kitchen and a finished wine cellar, is ideal for entertaining or family gatherings.  The two-bedroom guest house is perfect for accommodating guests or small groups of hunters.

11/10/2014
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The state of Utah utilizes a program that benefits hunters, private land owners, the state’s economy and its wildlife.  Cooperative Wildlife Management Units (CWMU’s) are hunt areas consisting of mostly private lands that have been authorized for the specific purpose of managing big game animals.  This Utah government program has opened more than two million acres of private land to the public. In order to qualify for the program, landowners must have a minimum of 5,000 contiguous acres to manage deer, pronghorn or turkey and a minimum of 10,000 contiguous acres for elk or moose.  Private landowners may join together to form a single CWMU.  This program benefits landowners allowing them to better manage their private range and forest lands as wildlife habitat, improve herd genetics, and benefits hunters allowing them more opportunities to take an animal with fewer hunters to compete with.

10/15/2014
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As the uniform green canopy of summer turns into the brilliance of autumn colors a common topic on minds of many is the hunting season that lies ahead.  Whether the passion stems from the sport, sustainability, health, connection to nature or good old-fashioned tradition, hunting captivates many this time of year.

If you are a Buyer in the market for a recreational ranch or hunting parcel there are many things to consider. Here are some  general guidelines as you explore a recreational ranch purchase.  A qualified broker can be a tremendous asset during the buying process, as they have the experience to help find the ranch that best fits your needs and the resources to expedite the search process.

09/29/2014
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The Great Salt Lake, located on the northern edge of Salt Lake City, Utah, is the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere and the fourth largest terminal lake in the world.  Although the size of the lake varies greatly depending on the year, on average it covers approximately 1,700 square miles.  The Great Salt Lake is one of four lakes which is a remnant of the prehistoric pluvial lake, Lake Bonneville, which covered 22,400 square miles – the majority of Utah as well as parts of Idaho and Nevada. 

Although the Great Salt Lake is fed by three major tributaries, the Jordan, Weber and Bear rivers, the Lake has no outlet.  This kind of body of water, known as endorheic, has a very high saline content.  The salt content of the lake varies from 9% to 28%, significantly higher than the ocean which averages 3%. 

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