Thriving ranches and thriving wildlife.
Working lands stitch together the patchwork of landscapes that create the character of the West and the open space valued by so many, both people and wildlife. The Working WildChallenge is a landowner-led effort that recognizes the challenge of ranching with wildlife, and facilitates constructive dialogue between wildlife managers and working lands stewards to solve problems through peer learning, public policies, and increasing access to technical and financial assistance. Our approach leads to stronger partnerships, more resilient ranches, and ultimately, better-connected landscapes.
Oregon conservation innovation to grow with new funding
As wolves expand across Oregon, livestock producers in the state need more tools to avoid conflicts with these crafty predators. Funding from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service announced in August will help develop and test these tools. Western Landowners Alliance received a $100,000 Oregon Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) a second phase of our landowner-led strategies for conflict reduction project.
THE FOUR C's OF THE WWC
Conflict prevention, Control, Compensation & Collaboration
Conflict prevention tools need durable sources of funding to allow producers to implement these nonlethal methods within an adaptive framework.
Lethal control is a critical tool in managing large carnivores on working landscapes; supporting, not undermining, conflict prevention.
Compensation for losses to predation is a reasonable and important form of public support for policies that expand the ranges of widely-valued wildlife like wolves and bears.
Collaboration engages landowners early and meaningfully in decision-making processes and is critical to both effectiveness and equity when developing wildlife policies and land management plans.
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