Land and Livelihoods:

Working lands economics for the next era of Western conservation

September 24 – 26, 2018 | The Northern Hotel, Billings, MT

Land and Livelihoods: Working lands economics for the next era of Western conservation

Western working lands feed, water and fuel the nation while sustaining up to 80 percent of the region’s wildlife species. These lands, their wildlife, and those who make their living from them face increasing pressures.

While the original conservation movement has focused primarily on legal protections for land and species, the next era of conservation must shape economic conditions and policies that actively foster healthy landscapes, rural livelihoods and wildlife.

Join us to help improve the stewardship and economics of working landscapes, increase mutual understanding among stakeholders and identify areas of agreement. Come engage in helping us forge a productive path forward.


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meeting agenda

Monday – Wednesday, September 24-26, 2018

MONDAY: 4:30 kick-off with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and WLA welcome

TUESDAY: All-day sessions followed by dinner and dancing!

WEDNESDAY: We’ll wrap up at 3:00 and say our goodbyes

Visit our “Meeting Agenda” page for detailed daily schedule including speakers, presentation titles and round-table discussion topics.


We are excited to offer you in-depth presentations by a line-up of talented speakers. We’ll kick off the event with an invocation by David Mannix, of Mannix Ranch, followed by our “Land and Livelihoods” keynote by Bob Budd, executive director of the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources Trust.

Visit our Speakers page for the full list of presenters.

Music & Dancing

Tuesday Night at the Conference!

Be sure to join us for an evening of dancing to the heart-felt, Americana sound of the popular Sheridan, Wyoming band:

The Two-Tracks

Photo Exhibit

In the Conference Lobby

We are excited to feature photography by Michael Forsberg, whose 20-year career has been dedicated to wildlife and conservation in North America’s Great Plains. His images have been featured by Audubon, National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, and Outdoor Photographer magazines.



The WLA Conference has secured the following room rate, specific to our event and participants:

Classic King/Queen Room: $119.00

An Upgrade over the Classic King Room will result in a higher rate as follows:

Classic Double Queen: $139.00

Classic King Suite: $169.00

Deluxe King Suite: $245.00

Reference “Western Landowners Alliance Meeting” to secure your room.

WLA rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis through the end of August.

Reserve your room now:

Phone: (406)867-6767


This event made possible by generous support from:

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Seen enough? Ready to register? Great! We can’t wait to see you in Billings!

questions regarding meeting registration?

Contact: Kelly Fogarty at or 202-870-3342.

questions regarding the meeting agenda and proceedings?

Contact: Cole Mannix at

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