A road to nowhere? Easements and access to real property

By Guest Contributor Kent Holsinger, Esq. Legal access is indispensable to marketable title to real estate. With all due respect to David Byrne, property owners and potential property owners would do well to ask, “Well, how did I get here?” Does the road to my property (or potential property) cross other owners’ before it gets…

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WLA Policy Call: Potential changes to NEPA regulations

Calling on all WLA members! Monday, August 13th  |  10:00 AM MT The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The CEQ is considering changes to how it implements regulations for the procedural provisions of NEPA. Through the advance notice, the CEQ…

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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…

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WLA seeks nominees for new “Land & Livelihood” Award

Submission Deadline Aug. 13 The Award The Land and Livelihoods Award will be given annually to a person identified by WLA members to have made exceptional contributions as a citizen in sustaining working lands, connected landscapes, and native species. The recipient will be selected based on his/her vision for the West and critical role in…

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Western Digest – July 2018

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife  Days are long, hummingbirds are in the air and summer is well-underway at WLA. Our hope is that each of you is spending much of your time outside on the land and enjoying these summer months. They tend to go by fast! Articles in this issue…

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Carbon Crediting

Conservation Finance Series—Part Five of Nine By Jane Rice and Ben Guillon, WRA, Inc., in collaboration with Josh Strauss and Ben Parkhurst, Bluesource LLC. This blog post is focused on land-based carbon crediting opportunities for forests and grasslands based on the relative maturity of the markets and our assumptions regarding WLA members’ interests. What is…

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The Endangered Species Act: WLA Weighs In

On July 2, Senator John Barrasso (R) of Wyoming released draft legislation that would amend the ESA. Several items from this initial draft caught our attention. Here’s a short summary of those items, followed by our assessment. The discussion draft: Provides for actions intended to enhance the federal-state partnership. Our assessment: Increasing the role of…

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July 2018 Farm Bill Update

Farm Bill programs are an important tool for landowners. These programs serve to assist landowners in implementing a wide variety of conservation practices that sustain working lands, rural economies, wildlife habitat and populations and other natural resource values. In the West, landowners utilize several Farm Bill programs, especially working lands programs such as the Environmental…

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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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