Mark you calendars for two Western Landowners Alliance special events
January 25, 2018 in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Legacy on the Land: Compelling Stories and Creative Tools for Land Succession
A day of speakers, landowner panels and interactive discussion on keeping working lands healthy from one generation to the next.
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Hotel Santa Fe
Stewardship with Vision: Where Land & Livelihood Meet
An evening of short films and discussion on the next century of conservation in the West
7:00-9:30 PM at the Jean Cocteau Theatre
Working lands that span the transition zone between wilderness and human communities are perhaps the most complex and important yet least understood part of the American West. They are the buffer between wild and urban, span public and private boundaries, and simultaneously supply ecological services, agricultural products and recreational opportunities. They are biologically diverse places where ecosystems transition from high to lower elevations and across which wildlife migrate between summer and winter range.
- Keeping these lands ecologically healthy and economically viable from one generation to the next is critical for both wildlife and people.
- It’s time to think outside the box.
- Join us for one or both events. Be part of the conversation.
Legacy on the Land
Compelling Stories and Creative Tools for Land Succession
Join the Conversation!
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Hotel Santa Fe
$60 registration includes lunch, snacks and coffee
The average age of farmers and ranchers nationally is 58, and over 60 in New Mexico. Half of these land stewards are expected to retire in the next decade. As this transition happens, we risk losing vast amounts of open land that provide food, fiber, water and wildlife habitat—unless we ensure a successful hand-off to the next generation. We are already losing 3,000 acres of prime agricultural lands to development every day.
It’s time to talk about solutions and tools for land succession.
Through expert speakers, landowner panels, breakout group discussions and Q&As, we will explore creative tools, mechanisms and approaches to keeping land in the family or in production as ownership changes hands. Landowner panelists will share family challenges, success stories and creative solutions for keeping families engaged and working lands healthy from one generation to the next.
Presentations and discussion topics will include creative legal and financial mechanisms for land transfer, including operating foundations, educational institutions and conservation easements, governance models, family engagement, and much more.
Send questions to Hallie@westernlandowners.org
Space is limited. Register HERE and save your spot.
Stewardship with Vision
Where Land & Livelihood Meet
Help launch a new paradigm!
7:00 – 9:30 PM at the Jean Cocteau Theatre
Because historic human settlement patterns tended to follow the waterways, private and publicly leased working lands today comprise the majority of biologically diverse and agriculturally productive lands in the West. In the coming century we must find better ways to keep these lands intact, healthy and economically viable. New thinking and new relationships are needed to integrate conservation, production and recreation on the lands that sustain us all.
Join us for an evening of films featuring conservation and habitat restoration work on western private lands, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A on the future of conservation and the West’s working landscapes.
Send questions to Virginie@westernlandowners.org
This event is free and open to the public. Donations of $10-20 are welcome, and would help off-set costs associated with this event. RSVP HERE.