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Western Landowners Alliance advances policies and practices that sustain working lands, connected landscapes, and native species. Join us on our mission.



Bringing landowner perspectives and stories to bear on major issues shaping the West.



WLA’s peer network and shared knowledge base is designed for landowners striving to keep the land whole and healthy.



Advancing pragmatic, common ground solutions that sustain working lands, connected landscapes and native species.

May 2019: Women in Ranching - Crowdfunding Campaign

WLA's Women in Ranching program is growing a movement to empower women's voices and women's leadership in agriculture and land stewardship across the West. We are 80+ women strong and growing, with Circles in Montana, California and New Mexico... and over 300 women on our waiting list.

For the month of May, we are running a crowdfunding campaign to raise $10,000 to help us work toward our goal: a Circle in each of the 11 western states within the next 5 years. Please help us spread the word by sharing this campaign through your networks.

April 2019: Securing Your Legacy on the Land: Part 2

What defines "family governance" and what key factors drive the type of governance structure a family puts into place? How does one effectively integrate family members into its governing structure? What are some governance issues one encounters when creating and administering trusts? How can families work to preserve their heritage for several generations ahead?

To answer these and other critical questions, we reached out to a nationally recognized expert for guidance. Howard Weiss is the Senior Vice President and Family Office Practice Expert at Bank of America. In this second of a five-part Q&A with WLA’s Hallie Mahowald, Howard discusses the various components that form a strong family governance structure and why this is critical in succession planning. (Missed Part 1? Read it here.)

Dec 2018: Reducing Conflict with Grizzly Bears, Wolves and Elk

In this new landowners' guide, WLA offers the collective knowledge and hands-on experience of over 30 land, livestock and resource managers engaged in one of the greatest conservation challenges of our time: how to share and manage a wild, working landscape that sustains both people and wildlife. 

Fall 2018: Women in Ranching joins Western Landowners Alliance

A couple years ago, between plenary sessions at the annual Quivira Coalition conference in New Mexico, a hallway conversation led to a gathering of 26 women a few months later on a ranch in California. Today, what started as a conversation about “Women in Ranching” has become a new WLA program. We couldn’t be more pleased! Read the announcement


Western Landowners Alliance advances policies and practices that sustain working lands, connected landscapes and native species.


We envision a future in which private and leased public lands in the West are resilient to stressors, healthy, and biologically diverse, and provide for prosperous rural business and critical ecological services.


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