"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!

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

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

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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 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.arrow

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

The Hill: Trump must put rural America to work

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...

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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 

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.