"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

Working Lands Health

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Land fragmentation and rural sprawl are among the greatest threats to the West. Fragmentation undermines ecological health, agricultural lands, quality of life, and aesthetic values. Wildlife species have increasingly less room to roam and to sustain genetically diverse, viable populations.

Western Landowner Alliance works to keep the West’s lands intact and productive by:

  • Working with state and federal land management agencies to develop policies and practices that incentivize conservation action and economic diversification on working lands, in order to keep them whole and kept in the family;
  • Promoting successful models of mixed-use enterprises on working lands that are profitable both for wildlife, land health, and the balance sheets;
  • Creating a peer network of landowners collaborating to develop alternative markets that properly valuate and monetize “ecosystem services”; and,
  • Providing educational resources, tools and expertise to disseminate best practices for improving land health on working lands through active forestry/fuels reduction, riparian restoration, wildlife habitat improvements and more.

Working Lands Health Resources: Understanding the Issues

Click here to find our collection of resources for landowners on private land forest management, riparian restoration, grazing and range management, and more.


Landowners and managers gather to discuss aspen management strategies being pioneered on private lands.


WLA board member Duke Phillips leads a discussion with landowners on bison management on the Zapata Ranch in Colorado.



Montana rancher and WLA board member Jeff Laszlo explains the O’Dell Creek wetlands restoration project during a WLA stewardship tour.






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