Senate Passes the Natural Resources Management Act

On Tuesday, February 12, the Senate easily passed S47, the Natural Resources Management Act. This large public lands management and conservation package now moves to the House for their consideration. What’s in the Natural Resources Management Act? The package contains several bills from the Senate and took years to develop.  Here are some of the…

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Proposed Trust Fund is an Investment in New Mexico’s Future

The New Mexico Agricultural and Natural Resources Trust Fund (NM SB 454), sponsored by Senator Steven Neville of Aztec, New Mexico, seeks to establish an endowment fund to be used to invest in the state’s natural and agricultural resources. New Mexico is facing a diminishing water supply that has impacted—and will continue to impact—the state’s…

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House Bill 332: New Mexico Rural Heritage Act

Overview New Mexico House Bill 332, The Rural Heritage Act, keeps land ownership affordable for New Mexico’s families; secures land, water and other natural resources for the future; and contributes positively to local governments and economies. The programs considered under HB 332 will change New Mexico’s property tax structure in a way that keeps agriculturally…

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Western Digest – January 2019

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife  Happy New Year! We hope that the beginning of 2019 brings you high snowpack, warmth and winter rest. Articles in this issue range from a look at ranching in the future to female ranchers reclaiming the West and from wildfire mitigation to cooperative conservation to a…

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Announcing our New Landowners’ Guide!

Reducing Conflict with Grizzly Bears, Wolves and Elk A Western Landowners’ Guide How can we as landowners share and manage a wild, working landscape that sustains both people and wildlife? In this new guide, western landowners offer a variety of solutions based on their own experience. The knowledge and insight offered in this guide have…

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Western Digest – December 2018

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife  Happy holidays and warm wishes this winter from all of us at WLA! Articles in this issue range from new profitability mapping research to a global massive insect decline and from using marginal cropland to improve water quality to the 2018 Farm Bill and hiring for…

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Conservation Finance Series – Final Thoughts

Conservation Finance Series—Part Eight of Eight By Jane Rice, WRA, Inc. and Ben Guillon, Conservation Investment Management This post concludes our conservation finance series, which has provided an overview of various ways landowners can get paid for implementing stewardship practices on their land. The series covered approaches ranging from conservation easements to carbon crediting and…

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Farm Bill: Wins for Working Lands and Conservation!

For the past three years, Western Landowners Alliance has worked hard and in collaboration with a variety of partners to ensure strong support in the 2018 Farm Bill for working lands in the West. We are pleased to announce that on December 10th, Congress released the 2018 Farm Bill conference report reflecting many of WLA’s…

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Western Digest – November 2018

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife  As winter approaches and we bundle up and turn in to be with family and friends, I write to you with a heart full of gratitude for the work that you do to steward our Western landscapes. Articles in this issue range from a Q&A with…

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Case Study: Lonetree Ranch

By guest contributor Kevin Alexander Watt, TomKat Ranch. Over the summer I had the chance to visit Lonetree Ranch in Wyoming and talk with Marissa Taylor about her family’s ranching operation. Marissa’s name had come up repeatedly while planning this series on regenerative ranches, especially from participants of the Western Landowners Alliance’s Women in Ranching…

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