WORKING WILD

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OUR GOAL

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. 

OUR APPROACH

Understanding. Connection. Solutions.

Seeking Understanding

Between private stewards, public lands and wildlife managers, conservation organizations, and the public. Holding space on the landscape requires holding space for difficult conversations.

Connecting Practitioners

Through ranch tours, listening sessions, practitioner calls, stakeholder gatherings, virtual meetings, and publications, we connect with each other to promote peer-to-peer information exchange.

Creating economic and policy solutions

As primary stakeholders with deep personal and financial ties to the land, we ensure that landowners have a direct voice in the policy matters that impact us.

Photo by Melanie Elzinga

THE FOUR C's OF THE WWC

Conflict prevention, Control, Compensation & Collaboration

Conflict prevention

Conflict prevention tools need durable sources of funding to allow producers to implement these nonlethal methods within an adaptive framework.

Control

Lethal control is a critical tool in managing large carnivores on working landscapes; supporting, not undermining, conflict prevention. 

Compensation

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

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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Tell USDA that ranchers need assistance to manage the risks associated with predators

USDA asked us to demonstrate the need for cost-share and technical assistance for producer-implemented predator conflict prevention methods on working lands. Sign our letter to show your support!

SEE WHAT YOU MISSED | NOVEMBER 8-10, 2021

Beyond Conflict: Sustaining Economic Viability in the Working Wild

We hosted three engaging days (Nov. 8-10) with land stewards to seek solutions around large carnivore conflict reduction with partners from the Conflict on Working Lands Conservation Innovation Grant and Conflict Reduction Consortium.

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