“We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”
― Aldo Leopold.

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About Us

Of the 2.26 billion acres of land in the U.S., the vast majority,over 1.3 billion acres, is in private farm, ranch, and forest land. A little over a third, 900 million acres, is in public ownership, with the balance, 60.6 million acres, in urban and suburban uses.

Private Landowners are the stewards of the immense rural landscape that unfolds, mile after mile and hour after hour, beyond the windows of the various conveyances we use to  crisscross the U.S. These landowners are some of the most practical and effective land managers in the U.S. This site celebrates their stewardship.


Promoting the Stewardship of Private Farm, Ranch, Forest & Natural Lands