Public Lands Council Executive Director Statement in Response to National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Staffing Announcement

PLC Executive Director Ethan Lane Accepts Position as Vice President of Government Affairs for the NCBA, Remains Engaged During Transition and Beyond

WASHINGTON (Sept. 18, 2019) – Public Lands Council (PLC) Executive Director Ethan Lane today released the following statement in response to the staffing announcement from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA):

“Today, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Jennifer Houston announced that Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall would be named NCBA’s new Chief Executive Officer. At the same time, she announced that I would assume the role of vice president of government affairs for NCBA, overseeing all operations in our Washington, D.C., office.

“While this news may sound sudden or unexpected to some, please rest assured that it comes on the heels of a great deal of discussion, care, and planning. As a result, we expect absolutely no disruption to operations at the Public Lands Council during this transition.

“Over the past few years, PLC leadership has worked to build the tremendous team currently running our day-to-day operations. Rest assured, that dedicated and deeply talented staff will remain in place during this transition (and beyond) while PLC leadership and I work to identify a new PLC executive director.

“For my part, I am not even planning to change offices during this transition. In other words, I’m taking on new responsibilities but I’m not going anywhere. I will have the same phone number, same email address, and same availability. Our industry’s substantive progress on issues will continue unhindered by this change.

“Serving as executive director of this association has been the single greatest honor of my career. There are no words to express my gratitude for the support you have given me, the faith you have placed in me, or the manner in which you all have welcomed me into you families. I count myself as very lucky to be able to continue those relationships – and my work – in this new role.

“I look forward to seeing everyone in Great Falls next week for a tremendous PLC Annual Meeting!”