Could Biden use private land to reach 30×30 goals?

February 17, 2021

The idea isn’t simply to buy up private property or establish traditional easements. Instead, groups like the Western Landowners Alliance, which represents 15 million acres across the western United States…

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Western landowners respond to Biden climate and conservation executive actions

January 27, 2021

The Biden administration’s announcement today of a package of executive actions on climate and conservation includes several elements that the Western Landowners Alliance (WLA) has insisted are critical to making…

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Reconciling ranching and conservation

January 11, 2021

An Oregon rancher reflects upon the potential for holistic grazing to complement conservation.

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Grand Junction is ‘darn hard to get to’: ranchers split on public lands agency’s move west

December 11, 2020

The Bureau of Land Management is moving from Washington D.C. to Grand Junction, Colorado. Ranchers, some of the constituents with whom the agency works most closely, are divided on the…

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Study finds biodiversity stewardship incentives can be enhanced by regulatory assurances

November 24, 2020

A recent study applied a return-on-investment (ROI) perspective to explore better ways to target private-sector conservation engagement under the ESA and identify factors that affect incentives for participation in voluntary…

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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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“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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