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.
This past summer, WLA co-hosted the Beyond Boundaries Landowner Symposium in Cody, Wyoming.
News, media and announcements
News From the blog
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
Five trumpeter swan cygnets were released this past weekend on a ranch in southwest Montana owned by WLA’s board chair, Jeff Laszlo. Click here to see a video of the release posted by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Proceeds from the event were donated to the...read more
According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, ranchers, BLM and county officials in northern Utah are partnering to consolidate ten separate grazing allotments into one 135,000-acre management unit. The proposal would allow the ranchers to pool their herds and implement...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
WLA is glad to welcome Avery C. Anderson Sponholtz and Kelly Cash to our team. Both have deep roots in the Working Lands community. Read more
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.