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 desire to achieve long-term prosperity while conserving our lands, water and wildlife
for future generations is a common ground, non-partisan goal
Western Landowners Alliance
Connecting for Solutions
The Western Landowners Alliance represents landowners and managers from across the North American 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.
Would you like to be part of a network and connect directly with your peers?
Do you have knowledge to share with others that could help save time and money?
As part of WLA’s effort to help and facilitate a network of land stewards across a broad geography, we have developed an online member-only forum where landowners and managers can directly interact with each other, ask questions, share knowledge and learn from one another on key land, water and other management issues.
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
By Kelly Beevers, Topos & Anthros Across much of the American West, primarily the southwest, overstocked and mismanaged forests are leading to poor tree growth, increased fire danger and increases in threads to overall forest health from insects and disease....read more
On March 16, Western Landowners Alliance joined a group of agricultural water users and conservationists in a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump encouraging him to include in his Fiscal Year 2018 budget request to Congress robust support for programs that fund...read more
Below are a couple of recent WLA news hits: The Senate just voted to overturn another environmental rule — sending it to Trump’s desk – Washington Post Allison: Opportunities abound for Western lands – Casper Star...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.
Louis Bacon’s Trinchera Blanca Foundation Supports Western Landowners Alliance Educational Outreach Program
Today, Western Landowners Alliance (WLA) announced a grant from Louis Bacon’s Trinchera Blanca Foundation, an affiliate of The Moore Charitable Foundation (MCF). The grant will help WLA expand its Educational Outreach Program focused on forestry issues on private lands in the West. The Program, which MCF helped to create to advance best practices in forest conservation, centers around educational outreach and information sharing for landowners on forest and rangeland health issues. Read the full announcement.
WLA welcomes Virginie and Cole!
Western Landowners Alliance welcomes Cole Mannix and Virginie Pointeau to the team. Cole is a working lands entrepreneur and 5th generation rancher from Montana’s Blackfoot watershed. He will be based in Helena, Montana and serve as WLA’s membership and advancement officer. Before joining WLA, Virginie spent five years with the Quivira Coalition, a Santa Fe, New Mexico-based non-profit dedicated to building economic and ecological resilience on western working landscapes. Virginie will serve as WLA’s project manager based in Santa Fe. Read Cole and Virginie’s full bios.