Santa Fe, NM – Today, Western Landowners Alliance (WLA), a landowner-led nonprofit organization focused on advancing policies and practices that sustain working lands, connected landscapes, and native species, announced a grant from Louis Bacon’s Trinchera Blanca Foundation, an affiliate of The Moore Charitable Foundation. The grant will help WLA expand its Educational Outreach Program focused on forestry issues on private lands in the West. The Program, which MCF helped to create to advance best practices in forest conservation, centers around educational outreach and information sharing for landowners on forest and rangeland health issues.
“We are grateful for the support of Mr. Bacon and The Trinchera Blanca Foundation to help WLA provide a collective voice for landowners to share knowledge and improve dialog on issues and solutions impacting landowners across the West,” said Lesli Allison, Executive Director of WLA. “This generous gift will increase our capacity to further facilitate knowledge and science sharing among landowners, the general public and decision makers.”
“It is a privilege to collaborate with the Western Landowners Alliance on their forest health initiatives,” said Ann Colley, Executive Director and Vice President of The Moore Charitable Foundation and its affiliates.
There are over 109 million acres of private forest land across the West. These lands face daunting challenges, from water shortages to declining wildlife populations, land fragmentation and ailing rural economies. Now more than ever, there is an urgent need to make changes land use and land management policy in order to secure a positive and sustainable future. With support from The Trinchera Blanca Foundation, the Educational Outreach Program will be able to broaden its reach and improve forest health and management initiatives across the western United States.
About Western Landowners Alliance
The Western Landowners Alliance was established by landowners in 2011 to advance policies and practices that sustain working lands, connected landscapes and native species. At WLA, we envision a future where our land and water, private and leased, delivers increased agricultural production and profitability, strong rural communities, thriving wildlife populations, vital water supplies and other important natural resources.
About Louis Bacon and The Moore Charitable Foundation
Louis Bacon is a conservation philanthropist who has spent more than two decades supporting efforts to protect natural resources in the United States and abroad. Mr. Bacon is the Founder and Chairman of The Moore Charitable Foundation, Inc. and its affiliate foundations, including The Trinchera Blanca Foundation. The Moore Charitable Foundation supports conservation nonprofits that protect threatened landscapes, habitats and water bodies across the world. The Moore Charitable Foundation also supports educational and community programs in specific geographic priority areas.