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How much forest does Maine have?

About 90 percent of Maine is forested, the highest percentage of any state. This includes some 12 million acres in the northern part of Maine where few people live.

What trees grow in Maine‘s woods?

Maine has 39 commercial tree species. Among them: aspen, birch, red and sugar maples, several types of oaks, white and red pines, spruces, balsam fir and others.

How do trees vary thoughout the state?

While we talk of the Maine forest, it would be more correct to talk of Maine forests. Trees vary depending on soils,location and climate. To simplify: hardwoods like oaks and maples tend to dominate in southern Maine, softwoods like spruces and firs in northern Maine, mixed woods in between. To put numbers on it, 39 percent of  the forest is softwoods and 61 percent hardwoods.

How has the forest changed over time?

Maine has been harvested for timber for well over two centuries, yet the state has more forest today than 100 years ago. During the 1700s and 1800s much of southern and central Maine was cleared for farms. But since agriculture began declining in the 1800s much of that land has grown back to woods. Evidence of that is all over in the rock walls snaking through stands of mature trees.

Who owns Maine’s forests?

About 95 percent of the forest is privately owned. Family forestland owners own 33 percent of it, private companies 61 percent and the federal government a mere 1 percent.

How much do they contribute to Maine’s economy? 

Global economic changes and otherfactors have hurt Maine’s forest resourcesindustry. However, forest products are still a key part of the state’s economy. Maine has 200 forest products businesses employing some 24,000 people. The forest products industry directly contributes some $1.8 billion to the state’s economy each year. Maine is the second largest paper producing state.

What about outdoor recreation?

Maine has for decades been a mecca for recreationists since the 1800s. Fishing and hunting;  hiking,whitewater rafting, quiet water canoeing and kayaking; skiing and snowmobiling; mountain biking; moose watching; fall foliage touring draw tens of thousands of people to Maine’s forest every year. It’s estimated that those activities and others pump $1 billion a year into the state’s economy.

What about the environmental benefits of the forest?

Maine’s huge block of woodland provides habitat for numerous creatures, including moose, white-trailed deer and black bear; bobcats and the endangered Canada lynx; hawks, owls and bald eagles; wild turkeys; and the largest population of native brook trout in the lower 48 states. The forest protects the waters of brooks and ponds, cleans the air, limits soil erosion, and locks up carbon.

How much wood is harvested in the state?

The Maine Forest Service estimates that some 500,000 acres of forest is harvested each year, with about six million cords of wood removed. The wood harvest has remained largely stable for several years.

What is sustainable forestry?

Simply put, sustainable forestry means that trees are not harvested faster than they can grow back. Beyond that, it means that forest management is aimed at producing high-quality pulpwood and timber, protecting or enhancing habitat for wildlife, and ensuring water quality is protected for future generations to enjoy.

What about clear cutting?

Clear cutting, the removal of all or most of the trees on a large tract of land, has been declining in Maine. Now only about five percent of harvests are clearcuts. Maine law puts limits on clearcut size.

Book List

Recommended Reading By Joe Rankin
Henry David Thoreau

Today Henry David Thoreau is best remembered for Walden, the account of the time he lived alone in a cabin on the shores of the now-famous pond. But Thoreau, who once said he had “traveled a great deal in Concord,” his hometown, also ventured more widely. Among his travels were three trips into the wilds of Maine between 1846 and 1857.

And, like virtually everything else he did, Thoreau wrote about them, in a finely crafted travelogue that was still being endlessly polished as he was dying, and was published after his death as The Maine Woods. Today it’s a classic.
In it, Thoreau tells of canoeing up the Penobscot River, portaging rapids and falls; of climbing to the tableland on “Ktaadn”; of canoeing on Moosehead Lake. His prose is peppered with familiar place names, though spelled a little differently: Kineo, Pockwockomus Falls, Ambejijis, Chesuncook, Lobster Stream . . .

Thoreau often lamented that eastern Massachusetts was so tamed. For him, Maine embodied wildness in its rushing waters, its dense forests. In the Indians, and in animals like moose, deer, and bear. It satisfied a heartfelt yearning in his soul. In The Maine Woods Thoreau turned his keen eye and meticulous reporting on everything from no-see-ums to how to make a camp; the killing of a moose to the driving of logs down the rivers. But always there is the wistful poetry of his words:“In the middle of the night, as indeed each time that we lay on the shore of a lake, we heard the voice of the loon, loud and distinct, from far over the lake. It is a very wild sound, quite in keeping with the places and the circumstances of the traveler, and very unlike the voice of a bird. I could lie awake for hours listening to it, it is so thrilling. When camping in such a wilderness as this, you are prepared to hear sounds from some of its inhabitants which will give voice to its wildness.”

Thoreau’s The Maine Woods is as good a guide as you’re going to get to the Maine of a century and a half ago. And it’s one anyone can learn from today. That’s why we’re putting it at the head of our list of the best books about the northern forest. For an audio experience, buy the CD A Fable True by Maine singer-songwriter David Mallett. Mallett’s consummate guitar playing is interspersed with readings from Thoreau’s book. Our “best of” list is varied. There are older books and newer ones. We looked for books that are a compelling read as well as being informative about a place, a time, or the life of the forest. Fresh from the Woods readers offered their suggestions.

And, yes, we know this is not a definitive list. Send us your favorites, telling us why you think they qualify, and we’ll include them in the sequel to this story. We know there’s going to be one

Meanwhile, here are the rest of our picks. Happy reading:

The Trees in My Forest by Bernd Heinrich.

Heinrich grew up in Maine and owns several hundred acres of forestland in western Maine. A university biology professor, he is a prolific author and an artist. Like Thoreau, he’s a keen observer of the natural world who loves to share his sense of wonder in carefully crafted prose and beautiful sketches.

In this book he delves into everything from how wood grows to the close relationship between man and apples to the even closer relationship between trees and fungi. Time, tree sex, and individual trees are all dealt with.

A Year in the Maine Woods by Bernd Heinrich.

This work is a highly readable Walden-like account of a year Heinrich spent at his cabin near Weld.

Written in journal format, it’s replete with musings on almost everything you would encounter if you lived intimately with the Maine woods for a year – skunks, pine bark beetles, wind, bedrock, maple syrup and more.

Forest Trees of Maine by Maine Forest Service

Hands down the best guide to the trees of the northern forest. The book’s first edition was published in 1908 and was a hot item. Today, in its 14th edition, it still is.

The new version includes range maps and color photos in a ring-binder format, perfect for taking into the woods. Want to know more about the book’s evolution? Read “Forest Trees of Maine” from our Fresh from the Woods archives.

Reading the Forested Landscape: a Natural History of New England by Tom Wessels.

Sometimes, when we are in the forest, we feel like we are the only ones who have stood there, so primitive does the woods around us feel. But, of course, humans have lived in the forests of North America for thousands of years, and made their marks on them.

Wessels asks us to look closely when we’re in the woods, to think about what the landscape is telling us about its history. Each chapter is presented as a puzzle tied to an etching. The result is a deeper appreciation for the woods that exists today, and the ones that existed in the past.

Want to know more about Wessels? Read The Forested Landscape in our Fresh from the Woods archive.

The Northern Forest by David Dobbs and Richard Ober

Dobbs and Ober deal not just with the history of that great swath of forestland that stretches from New Brunswick west to the other side of the Adirondacks, but with the issues the region faces today.

They focus on the people who live there: a logger, a guide, a mill worker and others, and how decisions made about the forest by corporations in far-flung cities and be-suited policymakers under capital domes affect their lives and the land.

One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey by Sam Keith from the journals and photographs of Richard Proenneke

This book about a man who built a cabin alone, with hand tools, amidst some of the most stunning scenery in the world is a captivating read.

Fresh from the Woods reader Dick MacGown of Pittsfield, who built a similar cabin on a pond in northern Maine in 1969, found he could relate.

“The more significant part of the process was not the cabins themselves, but the total experience of pitting oneself against the difficult odds of doing it alone and living in a way that blends in and fits with all of what Mother Nature offers if one is tuned to what she is trying to teach us. Hardly an hour passes up there that something doesn’t occur to make it all worthwhile,” MacGown said.

Years of the Forest by Helen Hoover.

This book is one of a series Hoover wrote about her and her husband Abe’s life in the northern Minnesota wilderness. The couple exchanged good jobs in the Chicago steel industry for a simple existence in a cabin where they developed an intimate acquaintance with their neighbors: squirrels, chipmunks, bobcats and other animals.

Fresh from the Woods reader Vin Lawrence said that “among Helen Hoover’s books on the northern forest, The Years of the Forest is particularly deserving of mention.

The Interrupted Forest, a History of Maine’s Wildlands by Neil Rolde

Historian, author and former legislator Neil Rolde crafted this book about what today we call Maine’s unorganized territories, the 10 million plus acres in northern Maine that were never really settled, though they were logged, at times heavily, and fought over frequently.

The book is highly recommended by the University of Maine’s Spencer Meyer, who called it an important and readable work.

Rolde’s book deals with how that land came to be and how the trees grew. But it also talks about the people. Indians, squatters, loggers, hunters, fishermen, giants of industry and colorful characters of all stripes shaped the land and were shaped by it.

We Took to the Woods by Louise Dickenson Rich

Rich’s autobiographical account of living in the remote woods near Lake Umbagog in western Maine in the 1930s with her husband Ralph, was published in 1942. But despite that, it’s still an engaging read. It’s down-to-earth and written in a wry, self-effacing tone.

It was one of many books recommended by Peter Hilton of Presque Isle.

Robert J. Wagner, a conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Montrose, Pa, agrees. “I came across it as a yard/book sale find when I was on vacation in New Hampshire,” he wrote. “I have enjoyed several of her other books, My Neck of the Woods and Happy the Land.”

The Great American Forest by Rutherford Platt

Fresh from the Woods reader Richard Greene said this is his favorite book about the northern forest, calling it “an oldie, but a goodie.

The book is now out of print, but still widely available online, or in used bookshops.

Deep Woods: A John Burroughs Reader

Also recommended by Peter Hilton of Presque Isle, this collection of 10 of the iconic naturalist’s essays serves as a great introduction to the prolific author’s body of work.

It covers a lot of ground, from the Adirondacks to Yosemite.

Burroughs, who lived from 1837 to 1931, picked up the baton of the nature essay from Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. He became the master of the genre, beginning with his first work: Wake-Robin in 1871.

Oak: The Frame of Civilization by William Bryant Logan

The biography of a tree. And not just any tree, but the oak, which has contributed so much to mankind, from acorns to timber to shade. It was used to build huge buildings, fine furniture, and entire navies.

Forests for Maine’s Future Committee member Kilton Andrew recommends this highly. “I read it twice,” he said.

Northeastern Wilds: Journeys of Discovery in the Northern Forest by Stephen Gorman

In this richly photographed new book, the Vermont author is your guide on a visual as well as literary journey across the 26 million acres of northern forest that runs from the Adirondacks across to Maine.

Gorman takes readers down rapids, including the West Branch of the Penobscot, and across snow-capped peaks, writing about the lives of the people of the region where they intersect with the land and delving into the complex issues that face the region today.

Forest Life and Forest Trees; Comprising Winter Camp-Life Among the Loggers, and Wild-Wood Adventure; With Descriptions of Lumbering by John S. Springer

This book was originally published in the mid-1800s, and while it’s out of print you can get a free e-copy.

The book looks at how the old-time lumber camps in Maine and New Brunswick operated, from Sunday services to ox teams to camp cooking, as well as felling trees and the tremendously dangerous job of driving them down rivers to the mills.

“Some of your older forester readers may be aware of the book. It’s one of the most interesting books I’ve seen and I am enjoying it. I . . . recognize lots of places the author writes about,” said John Hileman of Lynchburg, Va., a former manager for Georgia Pacific in Maine.
Also worthy of mention

Ten Million acres of Timber: The Remarkable Story of Forest Protection in the Maine Forestry District (1909-1972) by Austin H. Wilkins
A History of Lumbering in Maine, 1920-1861 by Richard G. Wood
American Forests: A History of Resiliency and Recovery by Douglas W. MacCleery
Winter World; Summer World; The Geese of Beaver Bog; In a Patch of Fireweedall by Bernd Heinrich
The Penobscot Man by Fanny Hardy Eckstorm
Penobscot Man by Frank G. Speck
Survival of the Bark Canoe by John McPhee
Working with Your Woodlot: a Landowner’s Guide by Mollie Beattie, Charles Thompson and Lynn Levine

The Maine Forest Fact Sheet


REVISED: August 2009

The Maine Forest


22 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333


Practical advice for your land and trees from the Maine Forest Service


Maine is the most heavily forested state in the nation with 90% (17. 8 million acres) of its land

base growing trees.1 Maine’s forests provide many benefits to the state, the region, and the



- a home to more than 20,000 species of wildlife;

- an economic resource that directly employs nearly 23,000 people;

- an annual $1.7 billion contribution to Maine’s Gross State Product through forest-based manufacturinga renewable energy resource for wood-burning electricity generating plants - as well as fuelwood forthousands of homes. Wood provides over 20% of electrical needs and 25% of Maine’s energy needs.the energy for approximately 20% of the electricity used in Maine.

- a green landscape for our homes and communities;

- $1.15 billion in revenues from forest-related recreation and tourism activitiesthe largest and most diverse forest products industry of the states in the Northern Forest region


Additional Facts about Maine’s Forests


- 95% of Maine timberland is privately owned, with small non-industrial private forest landowners holdingmore than 6. 2 million acres

- Over 7.6 million acres of forestland are certified as well-managed

- Maine’s forested watersheds provide clean water that fills rivers, streams, lakes, andwetlands, sustains fisheries, and flows from faucets of homes and businesses. Maine’sforests are critically important to the supply of clean and affordable drinking water.

- Maine’s forest industry harvests 6 - 7 million cords of wood each year to build homes, make furniture,paper, and other products.

- Replanting of trees is rarely necessary, as Maine’s forests reseed themselves naturally with an abundance of trees.Of the 65 tree species in Maine’s forests, only 20 are primarily used commercially for paper, lumber,and other products.


These include:


- Spruce, fir, and hemlock for structural lumber and paper production;

- Eastern white pine for interior (finish) wood;

- Cedar for its weathering qualities

- Hardwoods, such as maple, birch, and oak, for flooring, furniture, paper production, anddozens of specialty wood products.


Tree and Forest Facts:


- Trees are a renewable resource. Forest products are also recyclable and biodegradable.

- Each American uses the equivalent of a 100-foot tall tree each year.

- The average single-family home (2,000 sq. ft.) can contain 15,824 board feet of lumber and up to10,893 square feet of panel products.

- A large healthy tree may have as many as 200,000 leaves on it. Over a 60-year life span, sucha tree would grow and shed 3,600 pounds of leaves, returning about 70% of their nutrients back to thesoil.

- A tree can be a natural air conditioner. The evaporation from a single large tree can produce thecooling effect of 10 room size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.

Sustainably managed forests provide insurance against pollution from roads, sewers

and storm water runoff. Put simply, thesurface and ground waters flowing out of

forests are less contaminated than the rain and snow that falls on the forest.


And there’s more...


To grow a pound of wood, a tree uses 1.47 pounds of carbon dioxide and gives off 1.07

pounds of oxygen. An acre of trees might grow 4,000 pounds of wood in a year, using 5,880

pounds of carbon dioxide and giving off 4,280 pounds of oxygen in the process. Each person

needs 365 pounds of oxygen every year.


For every pound of wood which decays (or burns), the process reverses: 1.07 pounds of oxygen is used

up and 1.47 pounds of carbon dioxide is put back into the air.


Each year, paper is used to publish more than 2 billion books, 350 million magazines, and 24 billion newspapers in

the United States.


Over 57% of all paper consumed in this country was recovered for recycling in 2008.


Over half the recycled material used for paper comes from recovered paper and from wood

wastes left by lumber manufacturing.


Paper can be recycled 4 to 5 times before the fibers lose their strength and wash out. New

fibers added to the old can lengthen this recycling process


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Augusta, ME


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90,000 Maine population | US Encyclopedia
Augusta Maine State Capitol

About 1,330,000 people live in Maine (the 41st largest population among US states). The average population density in the state is about 17 people. at km 2 (40th place in the USA, the lowest population density in New England, on Northeast United States and generally among all states located east of the Mississippi River).

The largest cities in Maine - Portland (over 65,000 inhabitants), Lewiston (over 40,000 inhabitants), Bangor (over 35,000 inhabitants), South Portland (South Portland, about 25,000 inhabitants). About 20,000 people live in the capital of Maine, Augusta (Augusta). human.

The largest urban agglomeration in Maine was formed around Portland - Lewiston - South Portland (Greater Portland, over 500,000 people, 101st in the list of US metropolitan areas).

Panorama of Portland, Maine's largest city

Maine Youth


  • White 95.1%
  • Black (African American) - 1.2%
  • Asians - about 1%
  • Native Americans (Indians or Eskimos of Alaska) - about 0.6%
  • Other races - 0.3%
  • Two or more races - 1.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino (of any race) - about 1.3%

Highest in Maine US states percentage of non-Hispanic and related white race residents.

Portland Maine cycling women

University of Maine students at a hockey game

The largest ethnic (national) groups among the population of Maine:

  • English - about 30%
  • French - about 25%
  • Irish - about 18%
  • Germans - about 8%
  • Italians - about 6%
  • Scots - about 5%
  • Scots - Irish (Ulster Scots) - about 2. 5%
  • Poles - about 2%

Maine ranks second in the United States (after New Hampshire) in percentage the attitude of French Americans among the population. There are also a lot of people in the state for whom their native language is French. This situation has developed historically and is explained by proximity to the French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec.

Maine Lumberjack Competition

Newlyweds in Maine

The largest population of Maine by religion:

  • Christians - about 82%, including:
    • Protestants - about 45%, including:
      • Baptists - about 16%
      • Methodists - about 9%
      • Episcopal Church - about 8%
      • United Church of Christ - about 8%
      • Lutherans - about 3%
    • Catholics - about 37%
  • Other religions - about 1%
  • Atheists - about 17%


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Who bought America Ten people who actually own US land: Home: Habitat:

The ten largest US private landowners are businessmen, billionaires and philanthropists. They add thousands of hectares of land to their lands every year. Some are interested in profit, others are concerned about the fate of the planet and the environment, and others are guided by personal motives.

Landowners include family dynasties with hundreds of years of history and newly minted millionaires. If you combine the estates of the ten largest private landowners in America, their area will be about 5.5 million hectares, or 55,000 square kilometers, which is larger than the size of individual US states, such as Maryland, Connecticut or Hawaii. Yulia Gushchina, a Tranio specialist, found out who owns America for Dom.

10. Pingri family

Total land area: 336 thousand hectares

In 1841, founder of the Pingree dynasty, merchant David Pingree began acquiring forest land in Maine. Seven generations later, the family owns 336,000 hectares, mostly in Maine and New Hampshire. Unlike the typical landowners who sold their properties to factories to cut timber, the Pingrees partnered with corporations, retained voting rights, and enforced environmental standards for the work.

Forests in northern Maine

Photo: Pat Wellenbach / AP PHoto

In 1964, the Pingree heirs established the Seven Islands Land Company, which now controls the use of the family's land. Pingrees have always been concerned about more than just profit - even at a time when the preservation of forests and environmental protection were few people's concern. Three-quarters of Pingri's land has the status of specially protected natural areas, where the natural habitat of wild animals is maintained.

9. Stan Kronke

Total land area: 343,000 hectares

Stan Kroenke is one of America's largest and richest real estate developers and owner of several sports teams, including London's Arsenal Football Club.

Kroenke spends a large part of his fortune on the acquisition of land. The total area of ​​the billionaire's possessions in Arizona, Montana and Wyoming is 4.5 times the size of New York. In 2012, Kroenke purchased a $132 million ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Montana covering 50,000 acres—about twice the size of Birmingham. On the site there is a house with an area of ​​930 square meters with pool. At the same time, the billionaire needs the ranch not so much for saving capital and recreation: first of all, elite breeds of cattle are bred here.

Wagoner Ranch

Photo: Splash News / East News

In 2016, Kroenke spent a tenth of his fortune buying one of America's top 20 cattle ranches, Waggoner Ranch in Texas. The estimated purchase price was $655 million. On the territory of the ranch, Kroenke plans to build a luxurious residence, and the land will be used for growing wheat and raising livestock.

8. The King family

Total land area: 369 thousand hectares

The King dynasty of landowners has owned a vast territory in southern Texas for more than 150 years - enterprising businessman Richard King began buying land here in 1853 and expanded the land until his death in 1885. Today, King's Ranch is the largest in Texas, comprising six counties in the state. About a dozen books have been written about Richard King himself, and the city of Kingsville, located not far from the ranch, is even named in his honor. At 19In 1961 King's Ranch was designated a National Historic Landmark.

King's Ranch

Photo: Paul Iverson / AP Photo

Land owned by the King family is open to the public, providing tours for tourists and training farmers in modern farming practices that are safe for the environment. Eco-tourists come to King's Ranch - here you can fish, ride bicycles, and watch birds.

The ranch is so vast and rich that it allows the owners not only to raise livestock and grow vegetables, nuts and citrus orchards, but even to extract oil and gas.

7. The Singleton family

Total land area: 450,000 hectares

Henry Singleton was a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, and one of the founders and heads of the large electronics concern Teledyne, Inc. In the mid-1980s, Singleton became interested in investing in land and began acquiring ranches in New Mexico and California. For 14 years, the businessman bought 28 ranches and became one of the largest landowners in America and the world. K 19In 1999, Henry Singleton already owned 1.5 percent of the state of New Mexico. After his death, five of his children took over the management of the ranch.

Singleton family

Photo: New Mexico Office of Arch / Flickr

One of the Singleton lots is in the Historic Region of New Mexico, south of the city of Santa Fe. Archaeological excavations are carried out on this territory, and the Singletons themselves cooperate with historians in order to preserve the cultural heritage of the region.

6. Irving family

Total land area: 485 thousand hectares

The family's ancestor, Kenneth Colin Irving, was a major Canadian industrialist, one of the fifteen richest people in the world. Today, his sons and grandchildren own about 300 companies engaged in business in the oil and gas industries, forestry, construction and telecommunications.

In addition to 485,000 hectares in the US, the family owns more than 800,000 hectares in Canada - the Irvings are considered one of the largest landowners in the world. They are also the main landowners in Maine.

One of the Irvings' factories

Photo: Davaan Ingraham / Reuters

Unlike many of the environmentally conscious heroes of this list, the Irvings have come under fire from conservationists. Environmentalists believe that the favorite strategy of these landowners is to "cut down everything clean and run away. "

5. The Reed family

Total land area: 565,000 hectares

The Reeds, who are among the top 150 richest families in America, are engaged in lumber processing. For five generations, the family has run the Green Diamond Resource Company. The Reeds own land and forests in the states of Washington, Oregon, and California. In the ranking of the largest landowners in America, the family was only recently: almost half of their territories, 243 thousand hectares, the Reeds acquired in 2014.

Green Diamond Resourse Company complies with all environmental standards and can serve as an example for other corporations in the forest industry. According to its charter, the company is obliged to preserve water and land resources, wild flora and fauna, cultural and historical monuments in the developed area. In 2015, at the 125th anniversary celebration of the Green Diamond Resource Company, the Reeds planted the 100 millionth tree.

Green Diamond Resource Company

Photo: Green Diamond Resource

In 2000, the company approved a plan according to which 51 species of wild animals and their natural habitats will be specially protected on the lands of the Reeds. Every year, the company uses only two percent of the available land in the production cycle, on which new trees are subsequently planted immediately so that the forest growth cycle is not interrupted.

4. Brad Kelly

Total land area: 670 thousand hectares

Big tobacco tycoon Brad Kelly owns a lot of land in New Mexico, Texas, Wyoming and Colorado. According to Kelly, he did not set himself the goal of becoming one of the largest landowners in the United States. The future billionaire grew up on a farm, and the land is something that is close and familiar to him since childhood.

Kelly bought his first plot at the age of 17 right after high school. Later, investing in land became one of the favorite ways for a businessman to preserve and increase capital. Kelly has a good eye for bargains - the last of the assets he acquired has doubled in price in five years. The billionaire does not manage the ranch, only invests in the purchase, and the previous owners continue to work on the land as tenants.

Brad Kelly's Calumet Farm

Photo: Sue Ogrocki / AP Photo

One of Brad Kelly's hobbies is breeding new livestock breeds and rearing rare species. Kelly works with zoos and wildlife conservation funds. On one of his farms, dwarf buffalo, antelopes and wild bulls are bred, as well as tapirs, hippos and rhinos.

3. The Emerson family

Total land area: 770 thousand hectares

The Emerson family owns land and forests in California. The Emerson lands are expanding rapidly, each year they acquire new territories - in 2015 alone, plots with a total area of ​​22,000 hectares were added to the family's piggy bank. The head of the family, Archie Emerson, is the largest private landowner in California.

The Emersons have been in the forestry industry for generations. They own the second largest lumber company in the United States, Sierra Pacific Industries. The company also cares about the environment: every year, farmers cultivate only a little more than one percent of the Emersons' land, and new trees are planted to replace the felled trees.

Sierra Pacific Industries property

Photo: Paul Sakuma / AP PHoto

Billionaires who could afford to live anywhere in the world wouldn't trade California for anything. Archie Emerson says that since childhood, more than anything else, he loves to be in the forest. There is no better recreation for him than hunting or fishing in his own lands.

The Emerson Woods are privately owned but open to the public. Here it is allowed to engage in fishing, hiking, cycling, while it is forbidden to pick flowers, mushrooms and berries, spend the night in tents and kindle fires.

2. Ted Turner

Total land area: 809,000 hectares

CNN founder Ted Turner loved hunting, fishing and roaming the woods as a boy. The billionaire claims that as a child he even got into the police by shooting a squirrel in the neighbor's lands. Then he swore to himself that someday he would earn a lot of money and buy as much land of his own as he wanted. Turner kept his word. Today he is one of America's largest landowners.

Vermejo Park Ranch

Photo: J. N. Stuart / Flickr

Turner's favorite place, where he spends a lot of time, is Vermejo Park Ranch. The billionaire hosts guests - politicians, royalty and show business stars - in a mansion built in the middle of a ranch over a century ago. By the way, “mere mortals” can also live here: a room in the Turner mansion can be rented at a price of $550-650 per night.

Recently, Ted Turner decided to take on a new business - ecotourism. Vermejo Park and three other ranches of the entrepreneur have opened to the public who want to go fishing, cycling, hiking, photo safari and so on.

The billionaire plans to turn his private property into a national park, but more intimate and cozy than, for example, Yellowstone. According to Turner, hundreds of cameras will not be aimed at bison in his park - here you can stay alone with nature.

1. John Malone

Total land area: 890,000 hectares

Bell Ranch in New Mexico

Photo: Land Report

The first place in the ranking of the largest US landowners is John Malone. The founder of Liberty Media Corporation, one of the hundred richest people in the world owns ranches in Wyoming, New Mexico and Colorado, as well as forests in Maine.

Malone owns 150 times the size of Manhattan and three times the size of Rhode Island, with a population of one million. The billionaire's land in Maine makes up more than five percent of the state's area.

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Malone recently took first place in the ranking of America's largest landowners. About half of his land - 485 hectares of forests in Maine and land in New Hampshire - he acquired in 2011. Malone is an old friend of the previous character, Ted Turner. According to the businessman, it was Turner who "infected" him with land fever. And also, according to the millionaire, his passion for collecting lands was influenced by Jewish roots and the genetic memory of the people living in him, who had not had their own territory for centuries. Millarder says that in addition to financial and environmental concerns, he is inspired to constantly acquire more and more new sites by a special feeling of awe and admiration that he feels when looking at the vast expanses of his land.

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