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( Ted ) Turner 'almost done' buying up ranchland
Omaha World-Herald ^ | February 7, 2008 | PAUL HAMMEL

Posted on 02/07/2008 11:36:02 AM PST by george76

CNN founder Ted Turner, the largest private landowner in Nebraska and the United States and the nation's largest bison rancher, said Wednesday that he is about done buying new ranches.

He said he would like to reach 2 million acres nationwide before he dies — about 40,000 acres more than he currently owns.

"I'm almost done. I've got enough," said Turner...

The 69-year-old billionaire, philanthropist and conservationist said he isn't interested in free-standing ranches anymore, only "reasonably priced" parcels adjacent to his current operations, which include five ranches in Nebraska near Gordon, Oshkosh and Mullen. The ranches cover 425,221 acres, an area larger than Douglas and Sarpy Counties combined.

"You know what 2 million acres is?" Turner asked over a plate of bison miniburgers and transfat-free onion rings. "If my land was all connected, in one long straight line, a mile deep, it would stretch from New York to San Francisco."

Then he joked: "I've been thinking about doing some swaps. I'd be able to cut the United States in half and charge people from going from the north to the south."

Turner answered questions on a broad range of subjects — his political preferences, the profitability of bison, his shrinking fortune and conspiracy theories ...

(Excerpt) Read more at omaha.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; US: Montana; US: Nebraska; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: cnn; cnnfounder; ranching; tedturner; turner

1 posted on 02/07/2008 11:36:05 AM PST by george76
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To: george76
I say we nationalize his land - just like his hero Hugo does...
2 posted on 02/07/2008 11:42:11 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: george76

Yeah, I think 2,000,000 acres is “about enough.”

Then again, I’m content with my 1/3-acre.


3 posted on 02/07/2008 11:42:27 AM PST by Disturbin (Liberals: buying votes with your money)
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To: george76

Ted, you magnificent putz!


4 posted on 02/07/2008 11:43:02 AM PST by RexBeach ("Americans never quit." Douglas MacArthur)
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To: george76

Just think how many illegal aliens you could fit onto that land.


5 posted on 02/07/2008 11:43:20 AM PST by Disturbin (Liberals: buying votes with your money)
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To: george76

What an ass....


6 posted on 02/07/2008 11:43:55 AM PST by gramho12
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To: 2banana

I sure he is leaving it to non-Americans.


7 posted on 02/07/2008 11:46:54 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: george76

Your acreage won’t do you any good when you’re dead, Ted.
Land rich and spiritually poor.


8 posted on 02/07/2008 11:49:58 AM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: george76
OK ... what's in Nebraska?

Coal?

Oil?

Johnny Carson's boyhood home?

9 posted on 02/07/2008 11:50:49 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: george76

Maybe he can skip the buying land and get right to the dropping dead part.


10 posted on 02/07/2008 11:52:20 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com (And close the damned borders!)
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To: Troublemaker; Bruce 22-250; MiWolvesSmokeaPackaDay; editor-surveyor; blam; jazusamo; ...

Acres of land holdings of Ted Turner, as of mid-September:

New Mexico: 1,105,905

Nebraska: 425,221

Montana: 153,963

South Dakota: 141,357

Kansas: 42,479

Oklahoma: 41,689

Colorado: 34,868

Florida: 29,530

South Carolina: 10,757

Arkansas: 1,323

Georgia: 537


11 posted on 02/07/2008 11:52:31 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: knarf

Beef and buffalo.


12 posted on 02/07/2008 11:52:38 AM PST by Non-Sequitur (Save Fredericksburg. Support CVBT.)
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To: knarf
OK ... what's in Nebraska?

Water. One of the countries largest natural aquifers runs under Nebraska, relatively close to the surface in some areas.

13 posted on 02/07/2008 11:55:27 AM PST by Michael.SF. ("democrat" -- 'one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses " - Joseph J. Ellis)
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To: george76

Has anyone read Tolstoy’s short story “How much land does a man need”?

In the end, he’ll get just as much land as Pahom. 6 feet from his head to his toes.


14 posted on 02/07/2008 11:55:46 AM PST by cizinec
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To: knarf; girlangler

15 posted on 02/07/2008 11:56:52 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

A goodly chunk of that New Mexico acreage is next to Philmont Scout Reservation. Perhaps he could be persuaded to donate that acreage to the BSA when he’s done with it.


16 posted on 02/07/2008 11:57:15 AM PST by RonF
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To: Michael.SF.

Ted wants the Buffalo Commons to be created.


17 posted on 02/07/2008 11:57:58 AM PST by babble-on
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To: knarf
Map of Oglalla Aquifer (Link at #7)

18 posted on 02/07/2008 11:59:21 AM PST by Michael.SF. ("democrat" -- 'one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses " - Joseph J. Ellis)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; martin_fierro
Acres of land holdings of Ted Turner, as of mid-September:
New Mexico: 1,105,905

WTFIIWNM indeed.

19 posted on 02/07/2008 11:59:36 AM PST by Constitution Day (Yuckabee '08. I'd prefer another letter, but it would get me suspended.)
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To: babble-on
I am confident that his reasons are not altogether altruistic.
20 posted on 02/07/2008 12:01:19 PM PST by Michael.SF. ("democrat" -- 'one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses " - Joseph J. Ellis)
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To: george76
I've got enough

Oh, shoot! I don't have my Capt. Obvious picture on this computer!

But it's OK for wealthy liberals to hog up resources but not for wealthy Republicans. Those are the rules.

21 posted on 02/07/2008 12:02:57 PM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Constitution Day; Ben Ficklin

” Turner bought Vermejo, the Forest Service bought the Baca Ranch in North Central NM...”

ht Ben Ficklin


22 posted on 02/07/2008 12:04:07 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: RonF; SunkenCiv

http://www.vermejoparkranch.com/


23 posted on 02/07/2008 12:07:33 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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Turner’s Land Holdings Keep Increasing

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1867624/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1872774/posts


24 posted on 02/07/2008 12:11:48 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Michael.SF.; george76; penowa; porter_knorr
largest natural aquifers

Rumor says Paraguay has the largest natural aquifer in the world and is the reason President Bush bought the ranch that sits atop it.

25 posted on 02/07/2008 12:16:16 PM PST by LucyT
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To: george76

New Mexico: 1,105,905
Nebraska: 425,221
Montana: 153,963
South Dakota: 141,357
Kansas: 42,479
Oklahoma: 41,689
Colorado: 34,868
Florida: 29,530
South Carolina: 10,757
Arkansas: 1,323
Georgia: 537

New Jersey may have toxic waste dumps, but at least we have zero acres owned by Ted Turner.


26 posted on 02/07/2008 12:18:38 PM PST by gridlock (A proud McCain supporter since February 7, 2008)
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To: Michael.SF.
Now THAT'S an interesting piece of information I never got in geography class.

Thank you.

27 posted on 02/07/2008 12:18:59 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: george76
It's amazing how much land you can buy from tax payer funded agricultural subsidies.
28 posted on 02/07/2008 12:28:27 PM PST by mpstan
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To: george76

Mmmm. Buffalo burgers.


29 posted on 02/07/2008 12:35:37 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: george76

Find a reefer in his car and confiscate everything!


30 posted on 02/07/2008 12:44:11 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: george76

The turkey is scary, and certifiable!

Thanks for the ping.


31 posted on 02/07/2008 12:44:17 PM PST by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: george76

I wonder what this leftist’s carbon footprint looks like.


32 posted on 02/07/2008 1:14:24 PM PST by Chickensoup (If it is not permitted, it is prohibited. Only the government can permit....)
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To: LucyT

Do you have any source for the *Bush owns land in Paraguay* runor? I ask because years ago, National Geographic ran a cover story on Paraguay and it turns out Ted Turner, Soros, Cher and assorted billionaire celeberties have all purchased retreats there. The reasons were that, being in the Southern Hemisphere, Paraguay would escape the fallout of a nuke in the US. Turner himself has been quoted (sorry, no link, just my recollection) as saying that his ranch in Paraguay was an escape hatch for the time when *the revolution* took place.


33 posted on 02/07/2008 1:29:13 PM PST by reformedliberal
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To: Michael.SF.

That’s what I’ve read. His real interest is water rights.


34 posted on 02/07/2008 1:34:44 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: reformedliberal; blam

I never divulge my source of rumors unless someone is pounding bamboo sticks under my fingernails, but check out this.

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=t&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLG,GGLG:2006-24,GGLG:en&q=Bush+buys+ranch+in+argentina


35 posted on 02/07/2008 1:46:38 PM PST by LucyT
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To: LucyT

Thanks.


36 posted on 02/07/2008 2:05:14 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: reformedliberal; LucyT
"Turner himself has been quoted (sorry, no link, just my recollection) as saying that his ranch in Paraguay was an escape hatch for the time when *the revolution* took place."

I've read that myself.

37 posted on 02/07/2008 2:07:25 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: LucyT

Not exactly the most reliable sources, although one said it was for an ecological reserve.

At least the rumor will give the ultra-left uber-rich nightmares.


38 posted on 02/07/2008 3:03:32 PM PST by reformedliberal
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To: knarf

“OK ... what’s in Nebraska?

Sand with a little grass on it. His land is all in the Sandhills. Good ranch country.


39 posted on 02/07/2008 4:50:22 PM PST by Western Phil
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To: 2banana

Old Ted what a guy. He had Ruckus meeting on his property doante to save the wolves. But then make sure the wolves can’t get on his property demonizes hunting then sells high dollars hunts on his ranch.


40 posted on 02/07/2008 5:30:14 PM PST by Bruce 22-250 (Vote stop the WITCH!)
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To: hiredhand; Larry Lucido; sit-rep; Eaker; Tijeras_Slim

I have a ball mason jar full of dirt !


41 posted on 02/07/2008 5:35:53 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Squantos
How much land does a man need? :-)
42 posted on 02/07/2008 5:45:47 PM PST by hiredhand (Check my "about" page. I'm the Prophet of Doom!)
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To: Squantos

Hide it.

I heard that Turner was after yer mason jar!


43 posted on 02/07/2008 5:51:04 PM PST by Eaker (If illegal immigrants were so great for an economy; Mexico would be building a wall to keep them in)
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To: george76
Many in Nebraska's Sand Hills and Panhandle worry that Turner's land eventually will become a buffalo park, taking it off the tax rolls and shifting more of the tax burden to them.

Farmers and ranchers terrified by the prospect of paying something to the government instead of living on subsidies.

44 posted on 02/07/2008 6:24:30 PM PST by glorgau
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To: blam

“I’ve read that myself.”

The Bush’s have a little 100,000 acre spread down there too.


45 posted on 02/07/2008 6:32:44 PM PST by dljordan
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To: dljordan
"The Bush’s have a little 100,000 acre spread down there too."

Yup. See LucyT's post #35.

46 posted on 02/07/2008 7:40:34 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: george76

Not that I’m a jerk or anything, but I’m really looking forward to the day he drops dead.


47 posted on 02/09/2008 11:46:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______________________Profile updated Wednesday, January 16,)
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To: reformedliberal

WTF? Truly, we must cue spooky music on this one!


48 posted on 02/09/2008 11:56:03 PM PST by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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