A Farm Bill that works for the West
WLA’s 2023 Farm Bill Platform
There are many threats facing working lands in the West today, from drought and fire to economic challenges to increasingly intense development pressure. With every acre of land lost, we lose another piece of our shared future. Yet there are also many success stories of landowners restoring forests and watersheds, innovating grazing management to better align economic and land health outcomes, helping to conserve and recover wildlife species, working with neighbors to develop water sharing agreements, and much more. Many of these stories begin at the grassroots or community level, but have impacts far beyond.
As landowners and land managers, we recognize that well-managed working lands are the cornerstones of both human communities and the ecosystems on which we all depend. We have a deep, vested stake in these lands and the lived experience of what it means to own and manage land, produce food and fiber, and to steward wildlife and natural resources on a daily basis.
We are at a pivotal point in deciding how we move conservation policies, water management strategies, the economy and our food systems forward. The right mix of pro-active investments and policies can ensure that the scales tip toward a more sustainable future for both agriculture and conservation. It is critical that the 2023 Farm Bill convey meaningful economic and technical support for ongoing land stewardship, address barriers to enrollment and accessibility, boost collaborative capacity for community-based conservation, and foster holistic, ecosystem-level conservation approaches, beyond just those that would achieve climate objectives alone.
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2023 National Policy Platform
As landowners and land managers, we recognize that well-managed working lands are the cornerstones of both human communities and the ecosystems on which we all depend. We know what it…
Western water conservation and drought mitigation on private working lands
Policy opportunities in the farm bill and beyond The western United States continues to face extended and increasingly severe drought conditions that threaten municipal and agricultural water supplies, energy production,…
Letter to NRCS Re: Non-lethal predator risk management
In this letter signed by hundreds of producers from around the West, we ask USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service staff to consider “technical and financial assistance to support producer-implemented natural…
Supporting Working Lands and Wildlife with the Four C’s
Policy Recommendations from the Conflict Reduction Consortium Across the western US, iconic wildlife like elk, deer, grizzly bears, and wolves share lands with humans and their livestock. This comes with…
2022 Policy Platform
As landowners and land managers, we recognize that well-managed working lands are the cornerstones of both human communities and the ecosystems on which we all depend. We have a deep,…
Working across the rural-urban divide: Messaging for large carnivore conflict reduction
Conflicts between large carnivores and livestock can be polarizing. The words used around large carnivore-livestock conflict reduction can either further polarize a sensitive situation or bring people together in a…
Securing Your Legacy on the Land, Part 5: Best Practices of Non-Resident Landowners
How is succession planning different for non-resident or “absentee” landowners? With this ownership type becoming more and more common in the West, how can these landowners best steward their investment to the next generation?
Redefining Conservation for the 21st Century
Our roadmap to a conservation model that works for rural America, working lands and wildlife. Conservation as usual isn’t working. We are literally losing ground and natural resources every day.…
New Mexicans Agree
New Mexico needs permanent statewide funding for agricultural and natural resources projects
Working Wild Challenge Policy Recommendations
Working lands stitch together the patchwork of land ownership that creates the character of the American West – open space, valued by both people and wildlife. Many rural communities have…
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