"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

We’re building an effective voice and community network for landowners in the West! Stay in touch…and stay informed!

We’re building an effective voice and community network for landowners in the West! Stay in touch…and stay informed!

We’re building an effective voice and community network for landowners in the West! Stay in touch…and stay informed!

The Western Landowners Alliance advances policies and practices that sustain
working lands, connected landscapes, and native species.

Vision

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.
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Community

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.
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Innovation and Partnership

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.
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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.arrow

Improving Public Policy for a Better West

Western Landowners Alliance advances public policies that sustain working lands, connected landscapes and native species. WLA’s policy work is led and informed by experienced landowners and managers who have a vested stake in both the economic and environmental well being of the West’s great landscapes and rural communities.
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WLA Knowledge Network

Do you have a question related to land or water management and want answers from other landowners and managers?
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.

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Growing Abundant Rangelands

The TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation, a WLA member organization, has published a beautiful, easy to read and easy to implement grazing guide. With recommendations for planning, practicing and monitoring grazing management, the guide is designed to help practitioners significantly improve soil health, water retention and pasture productivity.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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Beyond Boundaries in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

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.

 

 

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Aspen Management

The decline of aspen in Western forests over the past several decades has been a significant concern to scientists, foresters and land managers, including private landowners.

 

 

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Private land: Conservation’s New Frontier in America

WLA’s founding board chair Paul Vahldiek and High Lonesome Institute Director Shane Mahoney have published an insightful paper on the private land conservation movement in the International Journal of Environmental Studies.

 

 

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Native Species Knowledge Share

WLA’s Executive Director Lesli Allison participated as a panelist on “Empowering Private Landowner Conservation,” part of the Western Governors’ Association Chairman’s Initiative on …

 

 

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Stewardship with Vision

Private stewardship of Western land and water plays a vital role in the health of the West. Read about it here.

 

 

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Property Tax Modernization

Private lands are vital cornerstones in the Intermountain West. Keeping these lands intact and healthy is essential to meeting current and future food, water and natural resource demands. Recognizing this, some states have modernized property tax systems to enable farmers and ranchers to increase income opportunities, restore land health, maintain open space, provide for wildlife habitat and keep ranches and farms intact. In some states however, property tax regulations still limit these options.

 

 

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Rangeland Health

Western Landowners Alliance has initiated a collaborative rangeland monitoring study in New Mexico to help ranchers better evaluate the results of management actions.

 

 

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Wyoming Landowners Guide to Fences and Wildlife

Many resource and wildlife specialists, ranchers and landowners generously offered their insights and experience for this guide.

 

 

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The San Juan-Chama Watershed Partnership

Western Landowners Alliance has partnered with the Chama Peak Land Alliance and New Mexico State Forestry to assist in restoring forest and watershed health to a vital 1.4 million-acre landscape.

 

 

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News, media and announcements

News From the blog

Prescribed Fire on Private Lands

As part of our ongoing effort to advance policies and practices that sustain working lands, connected landscapes, and native species, on Tuesday, April 11th WLA offered an interactive practitioner exchange focused on prescribed fire on private lands to over 80 people....

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Media Center

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.

Other films in the series:
Stewardship with Vision – Episode 3: Betty Shahan
Stewardship with Vision – Episode 2: Malpai Borderlands Group
Stewardship with Vision – Episode 1: Jeff Laszlo

WLA Announcements 

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.