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EPLUS is critical for working lands and wildlife. We are bringing people together to defend it.

We need to stand up together against foolish attempts to undermine New Mexico's successful private land elk hunt program.

The Western Landowners Alliance was built to stand up for landowners like you and support wildlife management policies that actually work to conserve wildlife while protecting private property rights and working lands’ ability to make a profit. That’s why we need you to join us.

The biggest threat to wildlife and hunting in the state is habitat lost to development. We know it has become harder and harder to make a living on a ranch in New Mexico. And we know EPLUS is a critical program that keeps ranches whole to provide habitat.

Landowners have to stand together on these issues. Can you join the fight today? 

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Updates from New Mexico

“I’d Have to Bury You Out Here.” The New Mexico Stream Access Battle Is Far From Over

The Western Landowners Alliance sees things differently. The alliance’s mission is to sustain working lands, connected landscapes, and native species, and executive director Lesli Allison says this argument is misguided.

“What’s happened in this debate too often is that proponents of opening streams have cast the issue as greedy landowners trying to exclude the public and privatize streams for their own enjoyment, their own profit,” she says. “By saying that, you create an enemy to rally people around.”

Allison explains that this argument also overlooks the critical role that landowners play as environmental stewards of these streams. She says that some of these individuals bought land specifically to invest in conservation, and together they’ve made significant investments to restore the waterways that flow through their property.

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Federal grant will help ranchers develop non-lethal wolf deterrents

The USDA has awarded a $100,000 grant to the nonprofit Western Landowners Alliance to test new non-lethal tools ranchers can use to protect their livestock from wolves.

Funding comes from the Natural Resources Conservation Service through its Conservation Innovation Grants program, which supports the development of new management strategies to improve natural resource conservation on private lands.

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Landowner Policy Forum

As drought continues and western water supplies run short, all eyes are on agricultural water rights. Changes are expected to happen in the coming years, so show up to make sure your voice is heard. New Mexico just experienced some of the most devastating fires in its history. The fight continues over elk management throughout the state. Finally, talks are now underway to shape the 2023 Farm Bill and landowners need to weigh in. State and federal policies will shape the future of what comes next on these issues and more. We want your input!

Join the Western Landowners Alliance and the Chama Peak Land Alliance in conversation about these and other pressing issues that affect landowners. We want to hear about your experiences and what issues are most important to you so that we can most effectively and accurately represent the interests of landowners, producers, and the working lands community. Refreshments will be provided.

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Water and Wildlife Management Field Day at Berlier Ranch

JOIN US FOR THE FINAL INSTALLMENT OF THE WATER & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT ON WORKING LANDS FIELD DAY SERIES AT BERLIER RANCH!

We’ll hear from Rancher Jim Berlier about his grazing management and local wildlife, and from ranch partners about prescribed burning, windmills (construction, land restoration, impacts on birds, etc.), local wildlife (antelopes, birds), and more.

The field day and lunch are completely free. The event is targeted toward producers, agency reps, and anyone interested in managing a ranch for water and wildlife.

*We are still determining some of the speakers for this field day so check back as we update this webpage and agenda!*

AGENDA

*agenda subject to change

  • 9:00 – 9:30AM – Arrival/registration
  • 9:30 – 10:00AM – Welcome, introductions
  • 10:00AM – 12:00PM – Berlier Ranch grazing management practices and wildlife (Jim Berlier); Prescribed burning (NRCS rep)
  • 12:00 – 1:00PM – Lunch *sponsored by Berlier Ranch*
  • 1:00 – 2:00 – Wind turbines energy, economics, how to restore land post-construction, impacts on wildlife (Jim, Pattern Turbines)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 – Speakers TBD (likely topics: conservation ranching program; birds; native grass ID)
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Water & Wildlife Management on Working Lands: Field Day at Ute Creek Cattle Company

WATER & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT ON WORKING LANDS: FIELD DAY AT UTE CREEK CATTLE COMPANY

JUNE 23 @ 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

JOIN US FOR OUR THIRD INSTALLMENT OF THE WATER & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT ON WORKING LANDS FIELD DAY SERIES, AT UTE CREEK CATTLE COMPANY!

We’ll learn all about grazing for water and wildlife, creek restoration, supporting local bird populations, and building water tanks and water conservation practices. The workshop and lunch are free! Lunch is being sponsored by the Ute Creek Cattle Company, with omnivorous and vegetarian options available. You can also bring your own. This field day is meant for producers, agency representatives and anyone interested in grazing to support water and wildlife.

Ute Creek Cattle Company received the Leopold Conservation Award in 2021! You can learn more about Tuda and the Ute Creek Cattle Company here.

This is part three in the four part field day series on Water & Wildlife Management on Working Lands. Check out the other field days in the series and register for them here.

AGENDA
  • 9:00 – 9:30am              Arrival and sign-in
  • 9:30 – 10:00am            Welcome and introductions
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm     Grazing management (Jeremiah Moxley, Ute Creek Cattle Company Ranch Manager); Creek Restoration (Tuda Libby Crews and Jack Crews, Ute Creek Cattle Company); Grassland birds (Christopher Rustay, Playa Lakes Joint Venture)
  • 12:00 – 1:00pm            Lunch – Sponsored by Ute Creek Cattle Company
  • 1:00 – 1:45pm              Bird walk through Bird Sanctuary (Christopher Rustay, Playa Lakes Joint Venture)
  • 2:00 – 3:00pm              Water tank building demo (Shawn Mahoney and Cody Kite)
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Water and Wildlife Management Field Day at Sand Ranch

WATER & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT ON WORKING LANDS: FIELD DAY AT SAND RANCH

MAY 16 @ 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

JOIN US FOR OUR SECOND WATER & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT ON WORKING LANDS FIELD DAY!

We’ll meet at Sand Ranch on May 16 to learn from Ranch Managers and Landowners Bret Riley and many more. They’ll share their stewardship experiences in regards to management, observations, goals, vision and prairie chickens. Additionally, there will be a monitoring demonstration and a number of agencies will be tabling and available for your questions. Learn more about Sand Ranch.

This is the second part in a four part series on Water & Wildlife Management on Working Lands. You can learn about the other field days and register for them here.

AGENDA

  • 9:00am       Guided ranch tour with Bret, highlighting grazing strategies, restoration, and management for drought and prairie chicken habitat
  • 11:30am      Lunch
  • 12:30pm     Circle up with Landowners (Kyle Dillard, Bryce Peterson, Clyde Harrison, etc) – Informal “panel discussion” on their stewardship experiences, management,       observations, goals and vision.
  • 2:00pm        Break
  • 2:15pm        Monitoring discussion and demos, including Bureau of Land Management demo on monitoring for rangeland health and wildlife habitat
  • 3:00-4:00     Agency tables – mingle and chat with various agency staff about their programs (Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), State Lands office, NM Dept of Game & Fish, and Fish and Wildlife Service)

 

Contact Leah Potter-Weight, Leahpw@quiviracoalition.org, with any questions.


About the series:

Join us this spring and summer for a series of field days all about Water & Wildlife Management on Working Lands! These field days will take place throughout New Mexico in April, May, June and July. Topics will include erosion control, grazing, bird habitat, stock tank construction, windmills, and so much more. Each field day focuses on management practices that are relevant to that region and that particular ranch, and which support the local wildlife and watershed. You won’t want to miss this special series!

This series is a collaboration between the Quivira Coalition, Bird Conservancy of the RockiesWestern Landowners Alliance, and the NM State Land Office.

Send your questions to Leah at education@quiviracoalition.org and 505-393-1355.

Each field day requires a separate registration. Camping is available for some of the field days. And food is available at all of them.

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Fort Union Ranch

Water and Wildlife Management Field Day at Fort Union Ranch

FORT UNION RANCH

WATROUS, NM

APRIL 28, 9AM – 5PM & APRIL 29, 9AM – 10:30AM

Join Fort Union’s Josh Miner, Triangle P’s Ariel Greenwood & Sam Ryerson, Bill Zeedyk for two days of education and fun on the land at Fort Union Ranch! We’ll learn about building erosion control structures, local wildlife and how their practices have supported the ecosystem, grazing for water and wildlife, beaver dam analogs, beaver reintroduction, tree thinning for wildlife habitat, and more. Camping is available Wednesday and Thursday night at Fort Union.

The workshop is entirely free. However, donations are encouraged to help cover the cost of food! See registration for more details and thank you for considering donating.

Learn more about Fort Union RanchBill Zeedyk, and Triangle P Cattle Co.!

This is part I in a 4-part series on Water & Wildlife Management on Working Lands happening April through July throughout New Mexico. Learn more about the other field days in the series and register for them here.

AGENDA *the agenda is subject to change, we will update this webpage accordingly

Wed April 27
Camping available this night. Plan to arrive between 4 and 8PM
6:00 – 7:00pm – Dinner

Thurs April 28
8:00 – 9:00am – Breakfast and coffee, Josh Miner (Resource Manager) introduces Fort Union Ranch over breakfast, Participant introductions
9:00 – 9:30am – New folks arrive and register
9:30am – 12:00pm – Bill Zeedyk introduces erosion control structures, focus on one rock dams; Erosion work in Higgins Canyon (building one rock dams)
12:00 – 1:15pm – Lunch; Grazing for water and wildlife with (Amy Wright and Nick Baefsky, Fort Union Ranch); Grazing and beaver dam analogs (Ariel Greenwood & Sam Ryerson, Triangle P Cattle Co.)
1:15 – 2:00pm – Rangeland management for birds with Will Jaremko Wright (Sol Ranch, NMHU)
2:00 – 3:00pm – Fort Union’s water restoration plan and restoration work to date with Lea Knutson (Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance)
3:00-5:30pm – Erosion work continues
6:00 – 7:00pm – Dinner
7:30-9:30pm – Bonfire (depending on weather)

Fri April 29
8:00 – 9:00am – Breakfast and coffee; Josh introduces the day; Any new participants introduce themselves
9:00 – 10:30am – Final erosion work
10:30 – 12:00pm – Breakdown camp, farewell!

 

Contact education@quiviracoalition.org with any questions.

 

About the series:

Join us this spring and summer for a series of field days all about Water & Wildlife Management on Working Lands! These field days will take place throughout New Mexico in April, May, June and July. Topics will include erosion control, grazing, bird habitat, stock tank construction, windmills, and so much more. Each field day focuses on management practices that are relevant to that region and that particular ranch, and which support the local wildlife and watershed. You won’t want to miss this special series!

This series is a collaboration between the Quivira Coalition, Bird Conservancy of the RockiesWestern Landowners Alliance, and the NM State Land Office.

Send your questions to Leah at education@quiviracoalition.org and 505-393-1355.

Each field day requires a separate registration. Camping is available for some of the field days. And food is available at all of them.

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New Mexico agencies: defining conservation key to 30×30

Defining what it means to conserve land and assessing existing conservation projects will be key to meeting New Mexico’s climate goals, state agency leaders said this week.

Sarah Cottrell Propst, secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, said the initiative builds on existing healthy soil projects, conservation easements and habitat restoration work.

“We want to preserve a role for natural working lands,” Cottrell Propst said.

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Appeals Court Dismisses “Product of the U.S.A.” Labeling Lawsuit

A federal appeals court has affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by cattle ranchers over the alleged mislabeling of beef as a “Product of the U.S.A.” The original lawsuit named Tyson Foods, Cargill Meat Solutions, JBS USA and National Beef Packing Co., with plaintiffs claiming the companies mislead consumers by labeling beef as “Product of the U.S.A.” when the cattle may have been born and raised in another country.

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Tiny New Mexico river fish deemed ‘endangered’ by feds despite State’s opposition

A rare river fish in northern New Mexico received the highest federal protections as an endangered species Monday, following legal actions from environmentalists and backlash from state agencies. 

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