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Wilks Brothers list massive piece of property near McCall for sale

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The company owned by a pair of Texas Billionaires who bought up significant land holdings in Idaho in recent years – listed a big chunk of it for sale.

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The property listing comes to light as another for-profit company hopes to convince State of Idaho leaders to transfer control of a similarly-sized piece of property nearby.

Dan and Farris Wilks’ Wilks Ranch Brokers listed a 48-square-mile piece of property to the west of McCall for sale last year. The property, which the Wilks’ call McCall Red River Ranch, is the largest piece of property for sale by the firm. Last year, the Idaho Statesman estimated the Wilks’ own more than 300 square miles of land across the state.

“At over 30,000 contiguous deeded acres, McCall Red Ridge Ranch is a scenic mountain timber ranch nestled in the stunning Payette National Forest,” Wilks Ranch Brokers says of the offering on its website. “Overlooking and adjacent to the major tourist town of McCall, Idaho, the ranch has uniquely positioned mountain ranges…  A unique and rare first time offering, this recreational and productive ranch is full of water, timber, big game, and endless division and subdivision possibilities.”

A screenshot of a 48-square-mile tract of land adjacent to McCall near Payette Lake listed for sale by Wilks Ranch Brokers.

The property is listed for sale at $62 million – and completely surrounds several parcels of land owned by the State of Idaho and Bureau of Land Management.

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The Wilks’ came under fire for acquiring large landholdings across Idaho from other private owners – and then changing previously lax approaches to public access. They also have blocked access to some public properties by closing roads that run through their properties.

The Wilks property rivals the 44 square mile piece of property that Trident Holdings hopes to convince the State of Idaho to trade it for. Trident appeared in front of the Idaho Land Board this week to outline a coming proposal to swap N. Idaho timberland for much of the land around Payette Lake. Trident says it hopes to then move a portion of the land into a “park” setup, while funding the purchase with prime land around Payette Lake that it would develop.

Trident says its business model is “the opposite of what land speculators such as the Wilks Brothers use.” Trident has raised the ire rom a large array of outdoor and conservation groups in the state.

Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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