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With Purpose to Save and Savor

By Guest Author | November 12, 2019

Although we can’t actually do all that is put before us as stewards of community, family, animals and land, I do believe we can do all of it on a scale that is meaningful. We can both save and savor in the living that we do.

May 2019: Western Landowners Alliance visits Washington D.C.

Last week, several of our members and staff had the opportunity to visit with Congressional staff, federal agencies and national partners in Washington, D.C. This trip was an opportunity to bring the voice of western landowners to the Capital: your stories and experiences are compelling and it is important that lawmakers and agencies hear your…

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…

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…

New Mexico advances work to secure state’s natural resources and agricultural heritage

Abundant, clean water and healthy soils are critical to New Mexico’s future. New Mexico Senate Bill 454 — The New Mexico Agricultural and Natural Resources Trust Fund Act — proposed to create a self-sustaining endowment fund to conserve the state’s natural resources and agricultural heritage. The intent of NM SB454 was to provide funding to…

USDA Conservation Stewardship Program: Applications accepted through May 10

  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for its Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) through May 10, 2019. The CSP is a working lands program that helps landowners sustain and build upon conservation efforts while also improving their business operations. This occurs through support to landowners to implement advanced, comprehensive practices across…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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