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Waterton Biosphere Reserve’s Carnivores and Communities Program

The Waterton Biosphere Reserve’s (WBR’s) Carnivores and Communities program operates in four municipalities, two of which are within the boundaries of the Waterton Biosphere Reserve in Canada. The program focuses on proactive management to decrease conflict between people and carnivores, especially bears and wolves, within the agricultural community of Southwestern Alberta. It is well funded and effective, and it is a major WBR program.

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Hunters Helping with Wildlife Management on Private Lands

In its third year, the Master Hunter Program educates and certifies qualified hunters, and provides landowners with a pool of competent, ethical and responsible hunters to draw from when weighing options to manage wildlife populations on their land, and considering who to allow on their property to hunt.

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Seeking Solutions for Grizzlies in the Gravelly Mountains

Livestock producers in the Northern Rockies face the growing challenge of increasing numbers of grizzly bears. That challenge has come to a critical point in the Gravelly Mountains in southwest Montana, where the population of grizzlies has expanded in recent years onto public lands grazing allotments on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. The number of livestock lost to grizzly predation on these rangelands consequently increased dramatically over the last several years.

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NRCS and the 2018 Farm Bill: What’s New

When a new farm bill comes out, there is often a sinking feeling that it’s going to be a lot to swallow and maybe not all of it will be great tasting. Will the same programs be available? And if so, what will be different about them, if anything? What exactly are the programs again?

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Western Digest – October 2019

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife Working Lands Economics Ecosystem Market Credits: Potential purchases of U.S. ecosystem credits from agriculture could be as high as $13.9 billion according to an IHS Markit economic assessment released today by the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC): ESMC. State-led Financing and Agricultural Conservation: States that embrace…

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WLA Seeks Chief Program Officer

Do you have a passion to ensure the West stays whole and healthy? Do you have 10+ years of project or program management experience and at least five years as a senior leader managing staff? We have the role for you! Western Landowners Alliance (WLA), a West-wide non-profit organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico,…

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Western Digest – September 2019

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife Working Lands Economics Succession Planning: With farms and ranches being swallowed by cities, succession plans are key. This article features WLA’s associate director Cole Mannix’s family and hometown: Bitterroot Magazine. Economic Value of Endangered Species: A recent Oregon State University study offers evidence that boosting the…

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