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Bridger Canyon Property – Conservation Easement Potential

April 2, 2013
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The Lazy J Ranch is the largest remaining privately-held contiguous block of land in Bridger Canyon.  This Montana ranch is being offered for sale for the first time in over fifty years.  The 5,665-acre mountain ranch is represented by Swan Land Company in Bozeman and is being offered for sale at $40 million.

“The Lazy J has a regional historical prominence,” stated Mike Swan, Swan Land Company’s Managing Broker.  “With the Ranch bordering Bridger Bowl and the Gallatin National Forest for three and a half miles, its influence on Bridger Canyon is monumental.  If you have driven up the Canyon on your way to Bridger Bowl and enjoyed the stunning views of the Bridgers and the Bangtails – that’s the Lazy J.” 

The Lazy J Ranch has been under the careful stewardship of the James C. Taylor Family and Wytana Livestock Company based in Bozeman.  The Taylor’s are gradually winding down their historic Wytana Livestock Company agricultural ranch operation.  Started by Jim’s father, Vernon Taylor, Sr., in the late 1940s, Wytana Livestock Company operated expansive cattle ranches throughout Central and Western Montana.  Most notable were the Horse Ranch near Lewistown, the Pronghorn Ranch near Grass Range, the VT Ranch in Manhattan and the Lazy J Ranch.   Swan represented the Taylors in the sale of the 25,000-acre Horse Ranch in December 2011.

Swan Land Company, formerly associated with Bates Sanders Swan Land Company, specializes in handling premier agricultural and recreational properties in the West.  Most recently, Swan was the listing broker in the historic sale of the $132 million Broken O Ranch near Augusta, Montana.

“We are honored to be serving the Taylor Family in representing the Lazy J Ranch.  It is my sincere hope that we can transition the Ranch to a new owner with the same commitment and dedication to land stewardship that the Taylor Family has exhibited to this magnificent holding for all of these years,” Swan stated.