Marissa Taylor is a board member of the Western Landowners Alliance, and the Business Manager for Lonetree Ranch, located in southwest Wyoming. Before returning to Lonetree, Marissa worked for Rio Tinto Australia as a Social and Economic Impact Analyst. There Marissa created and institutionalized a framework for evaluating connection and importance of stakeholder networks influencing operational activities as well as the social and economic impact the mining operations had on local communities. Her experience with both mining and ranching have provided Marissa with a foundation to better understand man’s connection to country.

Hello from Southwest Wyoming! I would say it is my favorite time of year, but I think I say that at the change of each season. This past year we were