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.
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.
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.
Western Landowners Alliance advances public policies that sustain working lands, connected landscapes and native species. WLA’s 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. As a nation, it is essential that we reinvest in the land, natural resources and people that sustain us all.
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.
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.
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.
News, media and announcements
News From the blog
February 7, 2017 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...read more
WLA was recently featured in the article "Meet the group that styles itself the West's 'radical center'" by E&E News, reprinted and saved as a PDF with...read more
February 1, 2017 Western Landowners Alliance today sent a letter to Congress opposing two bills that would sell more than 3 million acres of public land and remove federal law enforcement from all federal lands. HR 621 would direct the Department of Interior to...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.