Western Landowners in Action – June 2018

Good News! Priorities for Western landowners Advance in the Farm Bill On June 13, 2018 the US Senate Agriculture Committee advanced its version of the 2018 Farm Bill (The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018). This bill represents a bipartisan approach to providing support for working lands across the West and the nation. WLA appreciates the…

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Conservation Easements

Conservation Finance Series—Part Four of Nine By Jane Rice and Ben Guillon, WRA, Inc., in collaboration with Erik Glenn, Executive Director of Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust. How do conservation easements work? A conservation easement is a voluntary commitment by a landowner to limit development on his/her property and protect resources like wildlife habitat, open…

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Western Digest – May 2018

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife  Articles this month range from a new report on the state of U.S. agricultural lands to species conservation banking and from rebuilding top soil to a voluntary pilot program that compensates agricultural producers for temporarily fallowing their crops. Enjoy! As always, this member monthly includes pertinent…

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Species Conservation Banking and Habitat Exchanges

Conservation Finance Series—Part Three of Nine How does species conservation banking work? The Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), as well as some other federal and state regulations, prevents the destruction and harassment of protected species. This protection extends also to the habitat these species use throughout their life, such as habitat for nesting, rearing young,…

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Elk Ranch Tour: A WLA Stewardship in Action Event

Would you like to learn about management of the largest undeveloped parcel of land between New Mexico and Wyoming on the Colorado Front Range? Are you interested in how conservation easements, forest management, hunting, leasing for cattle grazing and guest services can work together to create a sustainable business and improve land health? Join Us! We have…

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Western Digest – April 2018

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife  The news stories and articles included in this digest point to the increasing challenges of making a living off the land, but also highlight emerging solutions and tools for landowners. Take a look at the article on using solar to keep cattle watered, for example, or…

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Wetland and Stream Mitigation Banking

Conservation Finance Series—Part Two of Nine How does mitigation banking work? Under the federal Clean Water Act and certain state regulations, streams and wetlands are protected resources and cannot be filled or dredged without a permit delivered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and some state agencies. President G. W. Bush pushed to ensure…

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Western Digest – March 2018

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife  With spring fresh in the air and the anticipation of new grass in the pasture and new projects on the ground, we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce our re-formatted monthly member update. Those of you who loved our “Water Weekly” and “Wildlife Update,” fear…

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Introduction to Conservation Finance

Conservation Finance Series—Part One of Nine Landowners can be paid for improving soil health, water quality and wildlife diversity while maintaining agricultural and ranching operations on their land. This is the exact premise of conservation finance. A variety of approaches, including conservation easements, wetland mitigation banking, grassland carbon sequestration and watershed investment funds, pay landowners…

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