West Virginia Still Owned by Absentee Companies, Report Says

Charleston Gazette - Much of West Virginia is still owned by large, mainly absentee corporations, according to an updated examination of landownership being released today. Read

Twenty-five corporations own nearly 18 percent of the state's roughly 13 million private acres, according to the report produced by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy and the American Friends Service Committee.

In six counties, the top 10 landowners hold more than half of the private land. Five of those six - Wyoming, McDowell, Logan, Mingo and Boone - are in the state's southern coalfields.

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