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
Dan C. Perry, an oil and gas attorney and Western Landowners Energy Council member, wrote this primer specifically to help inform WLA members about oil and gas leases and surface use agreements.
This past summer, WLA co-hosted the Beyond Boundaries Landowner Symposium in Cody, Wyoming. The primary purpose of the event was to bring landowners and scientists together to strengthen relationships, expand dialogue and explore solutions to shared challenges on the landscape.
News, media and announcements
News From the blog
WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the launch of a new private investment fund with the potential to inject $100 million into growth-oriented, small businesses across rural America. The McLarty Capital Partners...read more
In an op-ed in the Casper Star Tribune, WLA’s Executive Director Lesli Allison emphasizes the important role privately owned working ranches and farms play in sustaining wildlife and other resource values in large landscapes across the West. Read the article...read more
As we celebrate Public Lands Day this weekend, WLA’s Executive Director Lesli Allison highlights the need to consider the landscape as a whole and the critical role private lands play in sustaining the wildlife populations, water resources and ecosystems that...read more
Stewardship with Vision – Episode 3: Betty Shahan
Through a lifetime on the land in southern Colorado, Betty Shahan has served as a leader in integrating conservation and ranching. The Chama Peak Land Alliance, of which Betty is a founding member, is a landowner-led organization working collaboratively to improve the health and productivity of a vitally important watershed region. (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.
Other films in the series:
Stewardship with Vision – Episode 2: Malpai Borderlands Group
Stewardship with Vision – Episode 1: Jeff Laszlo
Jeff Laszlo Takes WLA Leadership Role
Jeff is a fourth-generation owner of the Granger Ranches in Montana’s Madison Valley. He 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.