"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

Energy Planning

Energy development, both conventional and alternative, is important economically and to supply the nation’s energy needs. Everyone agrees, however, that energy development should be handled thoughtfully to minimize risks to the environment, human health and quality of life.

Western Landowners Alliance promotes

  • Site-specific collaboration between federal land management agencies, industry, communities and landowners to ensure that energy development is balanced with other natural resources and community values;
  • Best practices for both conventional oil and gas development and renewable energy resources, including bio-fuels (animal waste and vegetation);
  • Educational resources and tools for landowners contending with energy development, and models of successful, well-balanced energy developments and partnerships;
  • Comprehensive community planning for energy development; and
  • Policies that support landowners, communities and environmental health in the energy development process. Read our comments to the Colorado Oil and Gas Energy Task force. 

 Western Landowners Energy Council

The Western Landowners Energy Council is a collaborative body designed to advance policies and practices that balance responsible energy development with the protection of important environmental and human values on private and leased public lands. The council does not advocate for or against energy development but rather seeks to improve planning frameworks and best management practices, as well as to provide tools, resources and knowledge to landowners and their communities. Founding members of the council include private landowners and managers with significant experience in agriculture, wildlife and energy development.

Energy Planning Resources: Understanding the Issues

Click here to find our collection of materials for landowners to best equip themselves to participate in energy planning. Here, you can find links to federal regulations, market analyses, legal briefs and more.

Landowner Led Energy Initiatives

Community Values Mapping in Colorado and New Mexico

Open Space Pilot Project in the San Juan Basin

Planned Energy Development at Vermejo Park Ranch



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