"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

Native Species

Native species play a critical role in maintaining the healthy ecosystems and land-based economies that support the West. These species have co-adapted with the landscape and their decline undermines natural processes and land resilience. The result is an impoverished land and a compromised future.

WLA members are committed to the conservation and restoration of native species and the WLA:

  • Provides a network of peer support for landowners engaged in species recovery and conservation efforts
  • Serves as a bridge between stakeholders such as energy companies, land management agencies, environmental groups, and our WLA members to develop common-ground approaches to species recovery and conservation
  • Provides tools and resources, such as templates for Safe Harbor Agreements and Candidate Conservation Agreements
  • Identifies critical lands and habitats at risk on working landscapes and brings resources together to protect those areas in a way that works for landowners

Read recent comments on wildlife conservation:

Working Lands and Wildlife: Recommendations to Support Landowner Participation in the Conservation and Recovery of Wildlife

Comments to the Western Governors Association on wildlife conservation and the Endangered Species Act

Letter to the Western Governors Association and the US Department of the Interior on greater sage grouse recovery

Letter to Congress on funding for the US Fish and Wildlife Service to continue greater sage grouse recovery 

Op-Ed on sage grouse conservation


Working Lands ESA Resources from the US Fish and Wildlife Service:

Working Lands and the ESA Webinar Recording, June 4, 2015:
Working Lands and the ESA 6-4-15, 2.11 PM

Working Lands and the ESA Webinar – PowerPoint Slide Presentation:

Overview of ESA 060115

Tools for Helping Imperiled Wildlife on Private Lands brochure:

Conservation Profiles: Landowners Help Imperiled Wildlife

Candidate Conservation Agreements:

Safe Harbor Agreements:

Working Lands for Wildlife



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