Our mission is to
preservenative Western Landsin their natural state;
affected landscapes to theirprevious unspoiled condition;
and to allow others to
these lands by immersing them in a natural, pristine environment that
they have helped create;
all while maintaining an economically viable and environmentally sound
— Steven Whitney, Founder
To preserve Western Lands means to keep them out of the hands of developers
and back in the hands of nature. To accomplish this, all we need to
do is purchase land and simply not sell it. On territories dedicated
for preservation, we don't build anything on the land, and if we don't sell
it, no one else will. We could buy land and do NOTHING with it, and
we would be accomplishing this objective, since the land will remain in the
hands of nature.
To be clear, we may sell some of the lands we purchase, but always to obtain
better land with the money. While treeless hills covered in sagebrush
are worth protecting, we find that gorgeous mountain streams ringed by shrubbery
to be more our focus. But that does not mean we won't be protecting those
types of western lands. If WLP ever sells any of its land, that would be
Most of WLP's lands will be dedicated to preservation. A rough estimate
would be around 60-70 percent. As mentioned above, these lands will be
maintained in their natural state, and nature will be allowed to run its course.
To restore Western Lands is to rebuild regions that may have been affected
by human influence. Perhaps unnecessary roads have been sliced into
the terrain, or roaming cattle stock have damaged the local flora.
Whatever the cause, lands designated for restoration will see the majority
of Badger Buys
accomplished here. Trees will be replaced, fences will keep away the cattle,
and invasive species (weeds) will be switfly dispatched.
Not all lands which we may restore have to be directly affected by humans.
Planting trees comes at no cost to the land it is planted on. And the vast
majority of lands are indirectly affected by humans. Certain states, like
Wyoming, are open range, meaning cattle can wander across any land they like,
sometimes overgrazing or trampling plants in spots they like. And many
lands see introduction of invasive species.
Restoration is tricky, since there exists a fine line between something
being harmful or helpful to the land. We promise to be as scrupulous as
possible in our restoration projects. About 20-30% of WLP lands will
be dedicated to restoration.
The most nebulous objective of the three, to appreciate Western Lands means
allowing others to visit and enjoy some of the lands we have preserved and
restored. This would be in the form of hiking trails, picnic tables,
and campgrounds. And as a bigger vision, it could also mean resorts,
lodges, and various activities like boating, skiing, and rock climbing.
Read our Vision for the big
picture goals of this objective.
It may seem like a contradiction to protect our lands from human development,
but then to go ahead and develop on them ourselves. Yes, we are exerting
influence on the lands we build on, but we are not destroying them. There
will be no widespread felling of trees or displacement of animals, because
those things are the focus of our developments. We build on our land to
allow others to appreciate the land itself, not to expand human infrastructure.
As we focus more on land acquisition in these early stages, none of our land
is being dedicated to appreciation. But as we grow bigger, expect about
10% of our land to be committed to this objective.