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Montanan Land Source's news and events from around Montana that relate to land, ownership, mapping auctions and more.

Montana Great Outdoors Project map
Posted: July 18th 2020
Two large conservation easements have been proposed in western Montana on Southern Pine Plantations timberlands that were formerly owned by Weyehaeuser and Plum Creek Timber. The proposed easements stem from concerns that the sale of the timberlands will take away long-standing access to the public that the prior owners allowed. The first project is called "The Montana Great Outdoors Project,"...
East Crazy Mountains and Inspiration Divide Public Access Improvement Land Exchange map image
Posted: July 14th 2020
A land swap, being called the East Crazy Mountain and Inspiration Divide Public Access Improvement Land Exchange is being proposed on east side of the Crazy Mountains and in the Madison Range between private land owners, the Yellowstone Club and the US Forest Service.  Included in the swap would be a new public trail on the east of the Crazies to be funded by the Yellowstone Club, and an access...
Weyerhaeuser Company Timber Sale in Montana
Posted: June 26th 2020
Montana's largest timber company, Weyerhaeuser Company, completed the sale of 630,000 acres to Southern Pine Plantations on March 26, 2020. The price of the transaction was approximately $145 million in cash, which comes to $230 per acre. The lands all lie in northwestern Montana, and reportedly most of the marketable timber has been harvested on the timberlands and the remaining young forest...
Ranching versus Land Investment in Montana
Posted: May 28th 2020
Land values in the rural west, especially in beautiful amenity-rich states like Montana, have been appreciating dramatically over many decades. Where the economic basis for land value used to be the income potential from farming or ranching, it is now based largely on recreational pursuits, aesthetics, development and investment potential. Land values have risen to the point that the purchase of...
Coronavirus Money
Posted: May 12th 2020
Max Hansen, long-time property exchange expert from Dillon, MT who is now a Managing Director for Accruit, has provided the following information on the IRS and Treasury extension of 1031 exchange deadlines:   "The big news in the exchange industry has been the issuance on April 9 of Notice 2020-23 by the IRS and Treasury which extended the 1031 exchange deadlines.  Following is a link to the...
2019 Montana Land Values Presentation
Posted: May 5th 2020
Videos of the 2019 Montana Land Values Presentation are now available.  The 21th Annual Montana Land Values Presentation and luncheon was held on January 28, 2020 with a panel of three Accredited Rural Appraisers, including Andrew Rahn from Montana Land Source, and other industry experts reporting on 2019 land values and future trends for the rural Montana land market.  The event was jointly...
Posted: April 30th 2020
The Wall Street Journal has published an article on wealthy city dwellers who have been seeking refuge from coronavirus on remote western resorts and ranches.  The article focused primary on individuals who owned property in resorts and shared-amenity ranch communities prior to the pandemic, who have sought refuge on their remote properties during the crisis. There has been concern, with some...
Coronavirus US Cases Map
Posted: March 24th 2020
Here at Montana Land Source, we have been receiving an increasing number of inquiries about what impacts the coronavirus may have on the Montana land market.  This crisis has created a great deal of overall uncertainty, which impacts many aspects of our lives, and the Montana farm and ranch land market is no exception.  There are multiple factors to consider. Anything that causes economic...
Top Five Properties Viewed in 2019
Posted: March 10th 2020
In 2019, www.MTLandSource.com saw a tremendous increase in visitor traffic, as the site transitioned from a pay-only site for industry professionals to a public website.  Montana Land Source has become the most comprehensive resource available for large-acreage Montana farm, ranch and recreational properties.  The top five most viewed properties on Montana Land Source in 2019 are shown below, and...
Winter Thaw 2020
Posted: February 17th 2020
Andy Rahn from Montana Land Source will be a presenter at the 2020 Winter Thaw Conference in Billings, Montana on February 22, 2020 at the Northern Hotel.  Andy's presentation will be part of the Tips for Adding Profit to Your Ranch portion of the day-long event from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.  Andy's presentation is titled "Better Understanding of Land Values," and will focus on understanding land...