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.