Private Lands

The most biologically diverse and ecologically important lands in the west are largely in private hands. The public benefits of conscientious, well-informed management on private lands include clean water, food production, wildlife habitat, soil health and carbon sequestration, jobs and strong economies. The nation’s rural landowners, its farmers, ranchers, and forest owners, provide not only food and fiber for the world, but also a host of environmental benefits, including habitat for wildlife.  Nearly two thirds of all species federally listed as threatened or endangered exist on private lands.  Conservation efforts on these lands generate outdoor recreation and economic activity that result in sustained growth for local communities and landowners.

The 1.4 million acre Alliance region is some of the most spectacular wild country in the Southern Rockies. At its core are private lands bookended by millions of acres of national forest, spanning two states and two sovereign nations – the Jicarilla Apache Nation and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. As such, the private landowners at the heart of the Alliance region are acting as a catalyst to keep this matrix of private, tribal, and public lands connected, intact, wild, and working. It is a phenomenal model of achieving landscape-scale conservation at a meaningful scale.

Visit the Wild and Working Website from our March 2012 Visit with Betty Shahan