Tianqiao Chen, with nearly 200,000 acres in Oregon, is the second largest foreign owner of U.S. land, according to land ownership publication The Land Report. His stake has drawn ire from an Oregon Republican.
A task force created by the Washington State Office of Financial Management may soon recommend the return of nearly 23 acres to the Chinook Indian Nation, including buildings that could support the cultural survival of the first people of that land.
A family-owned company with timber operations in the U.S. and New Zealand called Port Blakely Companies has returned waterfront property and tidelands on Little Skookum Inlet in Washington's Mason County to the Squaxin Island Tribe, at no cost.
Internal emails show a tax-funded agency created to educate people about forestry has acted as a public-relations agency and lobbying arm for Oregon's timber industry, in some cases skirting legal constraints that forbid it from doing so.
A century ago, Black people made up 14% of the farmers in the nation, today they account for only 1.4%. Portland's Black Futures Farm is working to restore Black people to the land and build Black food sovereignty.