Conferences and Symposia
HLR hosted the Society for Ecological Restoration board meeting in 2010 and sponsored the Western Aspen Alliance’s state-of-the-science symposium in 2012. The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Trout Unlimited, Wildlands Network, and Western Landowners Alliance also meet at the ranch, among other groups.
Western Landowners Alliance
The Western Landowners Alliance (WLA) advances policies and practices that sustain working lands, connected landscapes, and native species. Beginning in 2009, Wildlands Network, in partnership with The High Lonesome Ranch, led the creation of this Intermountain west-wide network of leading conservation-minded landowners who are committed to sustaining biodiversity and open space on their holdings, while preserving rural economies and working lands enterprises. The WLA brings together innovative landowners, scientists, investors, and others to promote progressive and effective models for mixed-use land stewardship that contributes to landscape-scale conservation. It nurtures both healthy “habitat nodes” and vital connections that keep large areas suitable for animals that have expansive ranges and migrations. Participants in the Alliance are committed to sustaining, and where necessary restoring land health for optimal productivity for human and ecological benefit. Exemplary landowners and experts in land management now have a west-wide forum in which to collaborate, share knowledge and lessons, tools, and explore models for lasting financial security and landscape health.
Lesli Allison is Executive Director for WLA, Strategy Director for Wildlands Network and liaison from the Western Landowners Alliance to the HLR. She is also a founding member of the Chama Peak Land Alliance in Colorado and New Mexico. Through both organizations, Lesli works with private landowners and multiple stakeholders to advance conservation, sustain working lands and support rural communities. Prior to her work with these organizations, Lesli managed 34,000 acres of private land in the southern San Juan Mountains of Colorado. During her 16-year tenure, Lesli implemented progressive conservation management through award-winning programs in restoration forestry, prescribed fire, grazing, stream restoration, native trout recovery, hunting and wildlife management, and scientific research and monitoring.
Historic and Cultural Interpretation
Ranch and Institute personnel are working with local museum partners to identify and restore critical historic structures on the ranch and catalog their significance. Efforts to collect the stories and memories of still-living pioneers are also underway. The red-roofed, one-room schoolhouse that marks the entry to The High Lonesome Ranch headquarters – the High Lonesome Heritage Center – will soon house a small museum that showcases this important history. The museum will tell the ongoing story of the natural and cultural history of the ranch, its uses and its science and conservation efforts.