On July 26th four SALCC Steering Committee members met with representatives from five large forest landowners who have property interests within the SALCC geography. The purpose of this dialogue was to begin a conversation about mutual interests. Several themes emerged from this discussion. First was the land owner’s interest in having natural resource organizations recognize the value of their lands (as currently managed) to conservation of species, habitats, and ecosystem services. Second, private lands are “part of the solution not the problem”. Third, incentives to keep these lands in good stewardship are best assured by reducing regulatory disincentives and increasing fiscal incentives such as farm bill programs. Fourth, current easement programs are not very attractive due to the complexity and uncertain future interpretation of the lengthy clauses; fee title acquisition if executed quickly is a preferred long-term protection strategy. The group also recognized the value in the role of the Cooperative in identifying important areas for conservation across the landscape that creates a shared vision for natural and cultural resource conservation. Lastly, the participants are frustrated with the piecemeal and inconsistent approach to how ESA species and candidates are being managed by Federal and state agencies. The message from participants was clear: enormous amounts of time and resources are being squandered that could be achieving significant conservation gains. This was a productive discussion that will help to inform conservation planning and implementation in the future.