DIVERSITY AND EQUITY

WLA recognizes the inherent value of human diversity and seeks to acknowledge and encourage this diversity within our organization, in our communities and among those who steward our land and natural resources. We are committed to the following principles.

Connection

We recognize that one’s own well-being cannot be understood apart from that of our neighbor, and by extension cannot be understood apart from the well-being of the rest of the human and non-human community that makes up the land.

Equity

We seek to expand economic opportunities for working lands in a manner that allows a diversity of people to own land, earn a decent living and to manage it for the multiple values, including water and wildlife, on which we all depend.

Respect

We prioritize respectful, open and inclusive dialogue. We work to understand shared needs and values to build durable solutions.

Diversity

We acknowledge and intentionally work to listen to and lift up the diverse voices of stewardship on behalf of the wellbeing of people and wildlife in the West.

Integrity

We embrace trust, integrity, and honesty as the foundation of positive human relationships and collaborative partnerships.

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

― Masanobu Fukuoka

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