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Rockies 2018

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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16 The LandReport | R O C K I E S 2 0 1 8 LANDREPORT.COM T he delicious chill of the morning air. Those bright blue skies. The last patches of snow clinging to steep slopes. Yes, I'm describing my very first glimpse of the Rockies back in the summer of '75 — so dazzling, so different, so invigorating. And I also happen to be describing my most recent visit to the Rockies just last month — so dazzling, so different, so invigorating. We first featured the Western Landowners Alliance (WLA) in these pages at our 2015 Aspen Summit (see above). Based in Santa Fe, this group advances policies and practices that sustain working lands, connected landscapes, and native species. It's a formidable task, and they tackle it with gusto. Their members proved to be ideal subjects for our inaugural Rockies edition, which is why I asked WLA executive director Lesli Allison to piece together a roundup that included some of the daunting obstacles and collaborative opportunities members face. As you will soon read, Lesli does a bang-up job chronicling stories featuring four ranches spread out from the Mexican border clear to Canada. The goal of these landowners? To benefit themselves, their families, and the land that they love. When it's all said and done, isn't that what it's all about? A new cadre of trailblazers forges ahead. Go West! E r i c O' K e e f e Editor's Note AUBREE DALLAS

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