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Growing Abundant Rangelands

February 7, 2017 The TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation, a WLA member organization, has published a beautiful, easy to read and easy to implement grazing guide. With recommendations for planning, practicing and monitoring grazing management, the guide is designed to help practitioners significantly improve soil health, water retention and pasture productivity.

Let's Keep and Care for Our Public Lands

February 1, 2017 Western Landowners Alliance today sent a letter to Congress opposing two bills that would sell more than 3 million acres of public land and remove federal law enforcement from all federal lands. HR 621 would direct the Department of Interior to sell lands identified in a 1997 report as potentially disposable. However, as…

NRCS to Expand Targeted Conservation Effort for Wildlife on Agricultural Lands

Nov. 29, 2016 – From the northern bobwhite to trout and salmon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adding dozens of new target species to its premier wildlife conservation effort that helps agricultural producers make wildlife-friendly improvements on working lands. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is adding 11 new projects to Working Lands…

Remember key role of private ranches, farms

In an op-ed in the Casper Star Tribune, WLA’s Executive Director Lesli Allison emphasizes the important role privately owned working ranches and farms play in sustaining wildlife and other resource values in large landscapes across the West. Read the article here.

Private Lands Critical to Conservation

As we celebrate Public Lands Day this weekend, WLA’s Executive Director Lesli Allison highlights the need to consider the landscape as a whole and the critical role private lands play in sustaining the wildlife populations, water resources and ecosystems that that transcend ownership boundaries. Read her op-ed in the Albuquerque Journal here.

Utah Ranchers, BLM Propose Innovative Grazing Management Strategy

According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, ranchers, BLM and county officials in northern Utah are partnering to consolidate ten separate grazing allotments into one 135,000-acre management unit. The proposal would allow the ranchers to pool their herds and implement time-controlled grazing intended to increase rangeland health, benefitting both cattle and wildlife, including greater sage grouse.…

Ferrets return home to Meeteetse

Ranchers Lenox Baker and Allen Hogg welcomed blackfooted ferrets back home to their ranches in Meetettse, Wyoming, this week. Among the world’s most endangered mammals, the blackfooted ferrets were actually thought to be extinct when one was discovered on the Hogg family’s Lazy BV Ranch in the 1980s. The remaining ferrets were captured and bred…

When Development Must Mitigate – Opportunities for Western Landowners

On Thursday, June 16, the Western Landowners Alliance teamed with Jessica Wilkinson from The Nature Conservancy and Brian Kuehl and Robert Veldman from K·Coe Conservation to bring you a webinar titled When Development Must Mitigate – Opportunities for Western Landowners. The webinar and following discussion covered the basics of mitigation, recent changes in mitigation policy at the…

RELEASE: Groundbreaking Analysis Maps Rapid Loss of Natural Area in the American West

May 17, 2016 Washington, D.C. — In a first-of-its-kind analysis of human impacts on lands in the American West, the Center for American Progress and the nonprofit scientific collective Conservation Science Partners, or CSP, have found that the region lost an average of one football field worth of natural area to development every 2.5 minutes between…

Op-ed: Cooperation, not standoffs, drives the real work of preserving western ranching

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