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Habitat Conservation Strategies for Migrating Wildlife

Landowner perspectives gained through one-on-one interviews and focus groups throughout the Upper Rio Grande region provide the foundation for the recommendations contained within this toolkit. These perspectives are shared side-by-side with concise strategies for policymakers, funders, and organizations looking to improve wildlife habitat in this dynamic trans-boundary region of Colorado and New Mexico.

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Reducing Conflict with Grizzly Bears, Wolves and Elk

In this guide, WLA offers the collective knowledge and hands-on experience of over 30 land, livestock and resource managers constructively engaged in one of the greatest conservation challenges of our time: how to share and manage a wild, working landscape that sustains both people and wildlife. 

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Conservation Economics on Western Working Lands

What policy conditions would empower landowners to allocate time, talent and resources to biodiversity and connectivity? This question is the center of this paper, which treats conservation primarily as a certain desirable form of economics. Ultimately, it argues, the next era of conservation must focus on creating fertile conditions for private stewardship.

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Speaking from Experience: Landowners & the Endangered Species Act

A must-read for landowners, this informative guide on the Endangered Species Act provides essential information on the law itself, changes currently being proposed and perspectives from experienced landowners.

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Fontline Perspectives: Landowners Speak from Experience on Forestry

The American West is home to some of our nation's most iconic forests. WLA staff interviewed landowners throughout the West to gain their perspective on these incredibly diverse ecosystems and their role in supporting local economies and providing critical water supplies, recreational opportunities and sanctuary for wildlife populations.


Aspen Management on Private Lands

The decline of aspen in Western forests over the past several decades has been a significant concern to scientists, foresters and land managers, including private landowners.


Eye in the Sky: A Holistic Approach to Rangeland Monitoring

An explanation of WLA’s multi-year rangeland monitoring study, which used field data and remote sensing to assess the effects of varying management strategies on rangeland health and productivity in New Mexico.


Beyond Boundaries in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

In Summer 2016, WLA co-hosted the Beyond Boundaries Landowner Symposium in Cody, Wyoming, which included discussions on emerging science and new policies related to working lands and private ownership in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and beyond.


Toward a Healthy and Productive West

Five common sense principles endorsed by more than 130 organizations light the path to a better West.


A Wyoming Landowners Handbook to Fences and Wildlife

By tailoring fence design and placement, using the practical tips in this guide, landowners can decrease damage to their fences, saving them money in the long-run, and prevent wildlife injuries.


A Primer on Oil and Gas Leases and Surface Use Agreements for Members of the Western Landowners Alliance

Written by a landowner and oil and gas attorney, this is a must read resource for landowners.


Stewardship with Vision: Caring for New Mexico’s Streams

Private stewardship of Western land and water plays a vital role in the health of the West.


Economic implications of differential taxation for agriculture in the Intermountain West

Property tax incentives for diversified management have the potential to provide significant economic and environmental benefits to states and local communities.


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.

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Water Rights in the West

Few things are as crucial to ranch operations as water. Getting a handle on your water rights may seem akin to drinking from a fire hose, but it is wildly important. This must-read article will help get you started.


Growing Abundant Ranges

With recommendations for planning, practicing and monitoring grazing management, this guide is designed to help practitioners significantly improve soil health, water retention and pasture productivity.


Private Land: Conservation’s New Frontier in America

An insightful paper on the private land conservation movement by WLA’s founding board chair Paul Vahldiek and High Lonesome Institute Director Shane Mahoney.


Controlled Burning on Private Land in New Mexico

This paper reviews some of the key organizational and legal issues that create barriers to controlled burning in New Mexico and has identified a number of opportunities and practices to increase controlled burning.


California's Working Landscapes: Annual Rangelands

Through active stewardship and conservation, rangeland owners can manage for agricultural production and a diversity of other ecosystem services across working landscapes.


Developing Payment for Ecosystem Services Programs in California’s Central Valley

Payment for Ecosystem Services programs and markets are a promising alternative to traditional conservation initiatives and can help California’s ranchers stay on their land.

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