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Real Estate Liquidation by Corporations Holding Land Grants

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Weyerhaeuser acquired land from the Northern Pacific Railroad, including 300,000 acres in Wisconsin and Minnesota, 1,500,000 acres in Washington, and 500,000 acres in Oregon

Weyerhaeuser’s Real Estate Empire (Endgame)



Plum Creek

PC files claims on 30,000 acres in Oregon
Oregonian, Dec 2, 2006
Oregonian editorial, Dec 4, 2006

PC real estate developments by state (Endgame)

Map of PC land holdings in Montana

PC real estate in Maine: Moosehead Lake
(Natural Resources Council of Maine) [PDF]

Mountainstar Resort (Cle Elum, Washington)
2001 settlement and 2004 revision
Map of resort and photo of Roslyn Ridge
Map of potential conservation trust boundaries


Potlatch to Acquire 76,000 Acres of Wisconsin Forestland Agreement to acquire 76,000 acres of forestland in Wisconsin for $64.5 million from Tomahawk Timberlands LLC and Tomahawk Highlands LLC. The forestland in north-central Wisconsin contains hardwoods of diverse age classes with significant amounts of mature timber. The majority of the land is in contiguous blocks less than five hours from Chicago and Minneapolis. "The forestland, which consists of high-value mature timber, has been under excellent long-term forest management," said Vice President of Resource Management Brent Stinnett. "The land complements our existing holdings in Minnesota, has prime recreational values and will help further establish our presence as a leading forestland holder in the Lake States region." (Business Wire, Dec 19, 2006)
Mike Covey, Potlatch's CEO, said the Wisconsin purchase is timed to help the company avoid a large tax bill on future sales of company land. (Spokesman-Review, Dec 20, 2006).

Potlatch announces sale of timberlands
Lewiston Idaho Tribune, Dec 12, 2006
up to 120,000 acres each in Idaho & Minnesota
up to 60,000 acres in Arkansas

Former Plum Creek executive to be chairman of Potlatch. Business Wire, Dec. 4, 2006
Michael Covey, current Potlatch CEO, spent 23 years with Plum Creek Timber Company

Plum Creek land manager William DeReu hired by Potlatch. Business Wire, Apr 11, 2006

Real Estate and Timberlands Auctions
(Potlatch website)




 Public-private land exchanges

Land Exchanges: the second land grant


Commons or Commodity? The Dilemma of Federal Land Exchanges

Gallatin Land Exchanges

Gallatin Battle Ridge

Huckleberry Land Exchange

I-90 Land Exchange and Q&A

Umpqua Land Exchange (Endgame website)


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