Big Habitat Lease Win for the West
USDA and Wyoming announce partnership to pilot habitat leasing for big game migrations
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the state of Wyoming will partner to conserve habitat for big game migrations on private and working lands surrounding Yellowstone National Park. USDA committed to the innovative application of Farm Bill conservation title programs to develop habitat leases on private land. WLA and partners have been pushing for this solution for years!
In the Arena
Public policy shapes almost everything about the ownership and management of our working landscapes. From local land-use codes and state wildlife management to federal regulatory agendas and international trade, policymaking ultimately defines our options and our opportunities. 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.
What we're fighting for
WLA's 2022 Policy Platform
The Western Landowners Alliance was created to ensure that public policies are informed by people with first-hand knowledge of land stewardship and who share a commitment to conserving our natural heritage for future generations. Our 2022 policy platform identifies recommendations and lays out priorities for federal and state policies that affect our constituents and by extension, everyone who relies on the natural resources of the West.
Keys to Successful Wildlife Policies
From the 3 S's to the 4C's
Across the western US, iconic wildlife like elk, deer, grizzly bears, and wolves share lands with humans and their livestock. This comes with inevitable conflicts – elk damage fences and eat hay; grizzly bears and wolves depredate and stress livestock – and responding to these conflicts requires additional time from land stewards. We envision landscapes where people, livestock, and wildlife all thrive, where effective and practical management practices work in concert with constructive state and federal policy to reduce conflicts, and where economic solutions support resilient, biodiverse working lands. The clearest path to this vision is the 4C’s framework.
THE FIRST 1000 DAYS
The Biden administration has the opportunity to redefine conservation. They must take it.
Conservation-as-usual isn’t working. We are losing ground and natural resources every day. We can’t afford to waste any more time with top-down solutions that don’t work. It’s time for an entirely new approach to conservation: one that works for rural America, working lands and wildlife. We have a plan to make it happen.
Critical habitat for wildlife in the West is disappearing at an alarming rate.
We've got a Big Idea to stop it.
The Habitat Lease
Market-based, multi-year "habitat leases" that provide annual payments for publicly beneficial ecological values and services, especially wildlife habitat, provided by landowners.
Wildlife need whole and healthy working lands
2/3 of imperiled species
Two-thirds of federally listed species have at least some habitat on private land. To stave off the biodiversity crisis, and the economic collapse of rural America, will require smart policies that reward private stewardship while keeping working lands working.
Responsible Approaches to Public Access
Start with mutual respect
Just like public and private lands are intermingled and interdependent, so too are public and private interests. Successful solutions will start with mutual respect, a desire to achieve win-win outcomes and the recognition that the conservation of land, wildlife and natural resources must be the first priority.
Promoting proactive wildland fire management
Comprehensive and collaborative wildfire strategies
The West is a complex patchwork of public and private lands, ecosystems and habitat types. Resource management authority may stop at a fence line, but resource destruction knows no bounds, highlighting the need for comprehensive and collaborative wildfire risk mitigation strategies.
Improving Grassland CRP
A wise investment
Working lands are the future of conservation, providing benefit to the human communities and ecosystems we all depend on. An investment in CRP is an investment in the continued viability of working landscapes.
Grazing Regulations that Work
An opportunity for a win-win
BLM grazing regulations that work well provide flexibility and resources to meet those goals across large landscapes of matrixed ownership including private, state and federal lands, while valuing economic stability of permittees and rural communities.
New Mexico Climate and Conservation Fund
No time to leave money on the table
New Mexico needs to invest in its land and water in order to ensure the integrity and sustainability of our water supply, wildlife, agriculture, and wide-open spaces – all of which comprise its world-famous natural and cultural heritage recognized. Millions of dollars could be leveraged by state investment, at a 6:1 match ratio.
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