The Western Landowners Alliance advances policies and practices that sustain
working lands, connected landscapes, and native species.
We envision a future in which private and leased public lands in the West are resilient to stressors, healthy, and biologically diverse, and provide for prosperous rural business and critical ecological services.
Western Landowners Alliance is founded on a shared community of interest and practice committed to achieving healthy and connected landscapes, sustained fish and wildlife populations, and long-term economic vitality.
Inspired by a strong land ethic, we take an innovative approach to ecosystem and economic health by implementing a variety of land improvement practices informed by science and our collective management experience.
"The care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope." - Wendell Berry
Western Landowners Alliance
Connecting for Solutions
The Western Landowners Alliance represents landowners and managers from Sonora, Mexico to Alberta, Canada throughout the Intermountain West, banded together in dedication to assuring the land is whole, healthy, productive, and maintains a place for our families to prosper. We invite you to join us.
A Primer on Oil and Gas Leases and Surface Use Agreements for Members of the Western Landowners Alliance
News, media and announcements
News From the blog
Nov. 30, 2016 – Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Deputy Under Secretary Alexis Taylor today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will accept more than 504,000 acres that were offered by producers during the recent ranking period for the...read more
Nov. 29, 2016 - From the northern bobwhite to trout and salmon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adding dozens of new target species to its premier wildlife conservation effort that helps agricultural producers make wildlife-friendly improvements on...read more
November 29, 2016 - Many rural communities, especially forest-dependent communities, have yet to recover from the economic downturn. In fact, some areas like northern Maine or parts of the South are still losing forestry and manufacturing jobs as we speak. These...read more
Stewardship with Vision – Episode 4: Ute Creek Cattle Company
In far northeastern New Mexico, Tuda and Jack Crews’ land and water management models innovation, conservation, increased resiliency, and community connection. We thank them for sharing their story. (Double click on the screen to view in full-screen mode.)
These films are produced in partnership with Montana State University’s graduate program in Science & Natural History Filmmaking.
Jeff Laszlo Takes WLA Leadership Role
Jeff Laszlo, a fourth-generation owner of the Granger Ranches in Montana’s Madison Valley, is the 2016-2017 board chair of the Western Landowners Alliance. Jeff lives in Montana full-time, where he manages the 13,000-acre traditional cattle ranch. Jeff’s efforts to restore a 6,000-acre wetland complex on the property earned him the Environmental Law Institute’s National Wetlands Award for Landowner Steward in 2010. WLA expresses deep appreciation to founding board chair, Paul Vahldiek, who has provided dedicated leadership since WLA’s inception and continues to provide insight as an active board member.
WLA Recommendations on Working Lands and Wildlife
WLA convened a forum to develop policy improvements to better support landowners and working lands in the conservation and recovery of wildlife. Read the recommendations here.