"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

Land Use Policy



Land management agency policies and tax policies have a direct and immediate impact on private lands and communities. Even well intended federal actions can have inadvertently adverse impacts on landowners’ abilities to implement sound stewardship. Streams, wildlife, energy resources, forests and rangeland transcend jurisdictional boundaries. While many federal directives acknowledge the need for greater landscape scale collaboration, implementation at the ground level is often frustrated by red tape and polarized interest groups.

Western Landowners Alliance is working to improve communication and collaboration across the landscape by:

  • Supporting landowners and agricultural producers in their interaction with public land agencies by providing web and peer-based resources, tools and information. We also help them get to DC and their state legislators to share their concerns;
  • Urging land planners to consider whole landscapes at ecologically and stewardship-relevant scales.
  • Providing a united voice and seat at the table for conservation-oriented landowners and agricultural producers, assuring they are part of important landscape management decisions; and
  • Proposing common-sense policies that support effective collaborative conservation and management for the nexus of public and private lands.

 Western Landowners Alliance Policy Overview

Western Landowners Alliance 2017 Policy Recommendations



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