The Ruby Valley Strategic Alliance strives to maintain and enhance the stewardship of working ranches and public lands, and achieve long-term conservation goals in the Ruby Valley.


The greater Ruby landscape is valued by residents and visitors alike for its working ranches and public lands. These resources provide open space, clean water, wildlife habitat and access to wild backcountry, recreation and outdoor traditions. We consider these mountains and valleys our home and our backyard -- a place we go with family and friends to work, find outdoor adventure, solitude and wildlife.

This alliance was formed to formally recognize that keeping both working ranches and public land viable and intact achieves our long-term conservation goals. By understanding our shared values and committing to positive dialogue, together we strive to maintain and enhance the stewardship and management of the greater Ruby landscape so future generations will continue to experience the open space and wild lands so valuable to our way of life.

The Ruby watershed includes a mix of public and private lands, 39% of the watershed is privately owned while 61% is managed by state and federal agencies. We recognize our public lands and working ranches are inextricably tied, and management decisions regarding both can be strengthened through partnerships.

Maintaining our working lands

As conservationists and owners of multi-generation family ranches, we recognize that working ranches provide important wildlife habitat, clean water and open space in the Ruby Valley. Many of these operations rely on adjacent public land grazing permits, some of which date back almost a century. We’re committed to conserving these conservation benefits by minimizing the conflicts that result from sharing the landscape and ensuring a viable future for the Ruby’s ranching operations.

Maintaining and enhancing our outdoor way of life

Family ranches play an important role in public land stewardship and the conservation of open space. There are many tools we can use to preserve the outdoor traditions of the greater Ruby Valley for the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. Together we can demonstrate that private lands and diverse public land uses all have a role.

Preserving our wilderness heritage and quiet country

We recognize the value in sustaining wild, untrammeled lands in the greater Ruby valley including opportunities for solitude and primitive types of recreation.

Maintaining and enhancing high-quality recreation experiences

Sportsmen and women, and outdoor enthusiasts of all types treasure the Ruby Valley. We value the human connection to the natural world and understand that there are a variety of ways we maintain this connection. We need to manage recreational resources to ensure high-quality experiences and provide diverse, balanced opportunities for future generations.

Building lasting relationships 

We believe in the importance of listening to one another, understanding each other’s perspectives and values, and finding common ground. We come from different backgrounds, but together we can find long-term land-management solutions that reflect our shared values.