Public policy shapes almost everything about the ownership and management of our working landscapes. From local land-use codes to state wildlife management to federal environmental regulations and farm subsidies to international trade agreements, policy decisions ultimately define our options and our future. As primary stakeholders with deep personal and financial investments in the land, we founded Western Landowners Alliance to ensure that landowners have a direct voice in the policy matters that impact us. We work to ensure that public policies support sustainable stewardship and conservation of the lands and the natural resources in our care.

Policy Updates

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…

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…

Policy Platform

2017 WLA Policy Flyer

WLA Policy Platform Flyer

As the owners and managers of private and leased public lands throughout the West, we created the Western Landowners Alliance to advance excellence in the stewardship of these resources. This flyer provides a visual overview of our priorities and policy platform.

Restoring America’s Rural Economies, Land and Wildlife

WLA’s work is led and informed by experienced landowners and managers who have a vested stake in both the economic and environmental well being of the West’s great landscapes and rural communities. As a nation, it is essential that we reinvest in the land, natural resources and people that sustain us all. Read WLA’s 2017 policy platform to learn more.

In Support of Our Public Lands

As landowners and ranchers who own and manage deeded and leased public lands across the West, we oppose HR621 and HR622. The blanket sale of federal lands poses the risk of putting those who ranch or depend on public lands out of business, undermining our local economics, and diminishing opportunities for our citizens to interact with wild, intact, natural places, thereby lessening the connection (and associated learning and understanding) needed to sustain them. 

Policy Resources

Forests and Ranges

Forest and Range

WLA brings the experience, values and interests of the best stewards in the West to public policies that affect private and public working forests and rangeland.



WLA provides a direct voice in water resource policy for landowners committed to the conservation and wise management of water, which is critical to the West’s future.



WLA promotes policies that provide flexibility and economic support, enabling landowners to meet the needs of both wildlife and people.

From The Blog


WLA works to provide landowners a say in designing commonsense policies that ensure healthy lands and robust communities.



Robust rural economics are essential to keeping our remaining lands intact and under family ownership.


Stronger Together

Place-based collaboration is the foundation for successful, enduring stewardship. Together, we are building a healthier and more productive West.

Leadership from the Land

Founded, led and inspired by landowners and practitioners working to create a better West.



Bringing landowner perspectives and stories to bear on major issues shaping the West.



WLA’s peer network and shared knowledge base is designed for landowners striving to keep the land whole and healthy.



Advancing pragmatic, common ground solutions that sustain working lands, connected landscapes and native species.

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