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News from around Colorado – June 2019

News and opportunities for working lands in Colorado Highlights SNOTEL Current Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) % of Normal Our river basins are seeing record amounts of water in the snow pack.  The SWE map is updated daily and provides a visual estimate of the amount of water left in the snowpack. The SWE percent of…

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Scholarships Available: Western Ranch Management & Ecosystem Stewardship Field Course

Western Landowners Alliance Scholarships Contact Jennifer Lind: jlind@westernlandowners.org Applications due June 16, 2019     Western Landowners Alliance is pleased to announce the availability of $1,500 scholarships to those in need of financial assistance to attend the Western Ranch Management and Ecosystem Stewardship 2019 summer field course being offered by the Department of Forest and…

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Western Digest – May 2019

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife  Working Lands Economics Securing Your Legacy on the Land Part 2: What defines “family governance”? How does one effectively integrate family members into its governing structure? What are some governance issues one encounters when creating and administering trusts? In this second of a five-part Q&A, Howard…

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Profiles in Land and Management – Lonetree Ranch

By guest contributor Kevin Alexander Watt, TomKat Ranch Over the last year, TomKat Ranch has traveled around the American West to gather and share the stories of private ranchers and public land managers who have realized economic and ecological benefits from using regenerative practices. These stories are meant to highlight the diverse real-life experiences of…

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Western Digest – April 2019

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife  As April comes to a close and spring is in full force, we are enjoying warm weather, flowing rivers and irrigation ditches, and longer days out on the land. Articles in this issue range from a new market planned to pay farmers for soil carbon to…

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WLA launches initiative to reduce conflict with wildlife

With grizzly bear, wolf and elk populations on the rise in the northern Rockies, ranchers, farmers and conservationists alike are seeking ways to reduce losses of livestock, crops and wildlife. With support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, WLA has launched a new landowner-led initiative to help tackle this challenge. The initiative is intended…

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Western Digest – March 2019

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife  Happy spring! Articles in this issue range from a new WLA publication focused conservation economics on western working lands to a closer look at the 2018 Farm Bill and from sustaining migration corridors to a Colorado River deal to harnessing technology to improve conservation effectiveness. Enjoy! This…

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Alderspring Ranch, Idaho — An excerpt

The following is an excerpt from a case study included in WLA’s latest publication: Reducing Conflict with Grizzly Bears, Wolves and Elk — A Western Landowners’ Guide. The full guide is available for free download.   We have three basic goals, the primary one being that we must have an economically sustainable operation. If our operation can’t pay…

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Western Digest – February 2019

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife  As a snowy and cold February comes to a close, we look with hope to the upcoming green of spring – a season of renewal, calving, mending fences, seeding, warm ski days and more. Articles in this issue range from economic savings through low-stress handling to…

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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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