Commentary: Congress would be wise to listen to landowners on wildfire bill

November 22, 2020

WLA’s executive director Lesli Allison, writing in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, commends congress for taking up National Prescribed Fire Act of 2020, and urges a continued focus on solutions that…

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Grant to study conflict reduction could have benefits for Colorado wolf reintroduction plan

November 12, 2020

A large coalition of landowners and conservationists has landed a nearly $900,000 grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to study ways to reduce the financial and social burden of…

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WLA leads seven-state coalition that wins USDA award to study conflict reduction techniques

November 12, 2020

For grizzly bears to survive, farmers and ranchers need nonlethal tools that can reduce conflict before lethal means are required. But financing and educating people about those tools is the…

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As the climate warms, ranchers keep their eyes on the grass

August 13, 2020

In drought years like this one, ranchers are faced with a number of tough choices and unpleasant trade-offs, according to Lawrence Gallegos, New Mexico field organizer at the Western Landowners Alliance. Decisions…

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Leaders respond to the Grasslands Roadmap draft

August 4, 2020

Leaders, speakers, and panelists for the “Leaders Respond” session of the 2020 Central Grasslands Roadmap Summit dug in and provided incredibly comprehensive and diverse reflections on the current Roadmap and…

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Small processors step up to ease beef supply-chain woes

July 27, 2020

Meatpacking plant closures caused by coronavirus outbreaks, including one at the JBS plant in Greeley, Colorado, sent shockwaves through the food system. But some small producers were ready to seize…

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Coronavirus-related disruptions in the beef supply chain have spurred changes. Will they last?

June 1, 2020

COVID-19-driven closures at meatpacking plants have resulted in lower prices for ranchers because of the growing number of cattle in the pipeline. On the other end of the supply chain,…

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Opportunity stems from pandemic shortages

May 30, 2020

Fewer steps in any process can reduce the margin for error, and as the nation is facing significant challenges to its industrial food system highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic, it…

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NM Supreme Court asked to weigh in on stream access dispute that no one can agree on

May 12, 2020

Kendra Chamberlain at New Mexico Political Report unpacks the controversy over New Mexico’s stream access law, and the pending lawsuit between pro-access groups and the state. She writes, “Groups on…

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New Mexico senators weigh in on stream access

April 24, 2020

New Mexico’s two U.S. senators are wading more deeply into a stream access debate that’s been simmering for years. U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, both Democrats, this week…

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Women In Ranching Program forges new ways of connecting

April 23, 2020

Ranching can be an isolating profession in a good year. But the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the few staples of social contact women ranchers rely on. A program led by…

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Expanding efforts to keep ‘cows over condos’ are protecting land across the West

April 11, 2020

Across the West, a growing number of ranchers and farmers are seeking conservation easements to stave off the big-box stores, self-storage complexes and residential construction consuming millions of acres of fertile open…

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“To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.”

- Theodore Roosevelt

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