Who Owns West Virginia?

The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy recently released a report related to land ownership patterns in West Virginia.

Key findings include that:

  • The top 25 private owners own 17.6 percent of the state’s approximately 13 million private acres.
  • Many of the counties – including Harrison, Barbour, Mineral, Lincoln, and Putnam – that had high concentrations of absentee corporate ownership.
  • Not one of the state’s top ten private landowners is headquartered in West Virginia
  • Nationally timberland management concerns control about half of the nation’s timberlands that had been managed by industrial timber companies until the 1980s.

In late December, West Virginia Public Broadcasting interviewed Lead Land Use Attorney, Jesse Richardson.

Also, see the post by Professor Josh Fershee on the Business Law Professors Blog.