"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

Sustainable Economies

Given the opportunity, landowners and agricultural producers across the west continually strive to improve land health, productivity and ecological function. Public policies can be improved to further support these efforts and to eliminate inadvertent and unnecessary barriers.


Western Landowners Alliance advocates for:

  • Property tax structures that support management for multiple objectives, diverse revenue streams and conservation values;
  • Adaptive management and flexibility in grazing on private lands and public allotments;
  • Opportunities to rest areas from grazing and agricultural production without penalty;
  • Extended grazing leases for operators who demonstrate good stewardship;
  • The development of ecosystem services markets & funding for conservation where clear public benefits of such management are evident (see “Working Lands Health”); and,
  • Public policies that incentivize voluntary landowner participation in actions to improve wildlife populations and habitat.


Water and Watersheds


Energy Planning


Working Lands Health


Sustainable Economies


Land Use Policy


Native Species

"To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed."
― Theodore Roosevelt