• The Value of Grazing: The Benefits Just Don’t Stop

    Livestock grazing provides a vast series of interconnected benefits, something California rancher Mike Williams believes is what makes the practice so valuable. “Fire [prevention] is a key component, but there are ecological benefits that go well beyond that,” said Williams. For example, livestock manure provides an organic fertilizer to rangeland. This delivers nutrients to the […]

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  • The Value of Grazing: Land and Species Conservation

    For wildlife that rely on natural habitat to survive, there is no better partner than ranchers. That’s because ranchers protect and enhance rangeland that many critters call home. Maggie Hanna knows the value of working ranches to many species. Her family’s operation is a part of a large swath of working lands southeast of Colorado […]

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  • Fact check: Will changes to the implementation of the ESA cause species to go extinct?

    Following the Trump Administration’s finalization of its modernized approach to implementing the Endangered Species Act, the usual suspects amped up pointed rhetoric blaming the President and his top aides for ushering in the ominous fate of countless endangered species across the globe. This criticism is challenged by agency officials and backed up by folks on […]

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  • The Value of Grazing: Preserving Open Spaces

    As growing metropolitan cities expand to rural areas, farms and ranches that supply food to our growing global population and habitat for thousands of wildlife species that are threatened. Tim Koopmann, a rancher in Sunol, Calif., sees the impact of urbanization first hand. His operation sits on the outskirts of the Silicon Valley, San Francisco’s […]

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  • NCBA, PLC Welcome Finalization of Federal Rules to Modernize ESA Implementation

    WASHINGTON (August 12, 2019) – Today the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Public Lands Council (PLC) welcomed the finalization of federal rules to modernize implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This package from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) consists of three rules which improve the […]

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  • Livestock Groups Launch Month-long Campaign Highlighting the Benefits of Grazing

    WASHINGTON (August 7, 2019) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council today launched a digital campaign focused on the value of grazing. The digital campaign was created to explore key elements of grazing that benefit the environment, rural communities, and local economies across the United States. The four-week campaign launched with […]

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  • The Value of Grazing: Wildfire Mitigation

    In December of 2017, the Thomas fire blackened Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The fire’s large, hot embers left Rich Atmore with a burning memory. As Atmore reflects on the fire, he also recalls the livestock that grazed much of the southern California range. Thanks to livestock, Atmore’s office and home were saved from the […]

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  • NCBA, PLC Continue to Oppose Introduction of Grizzly Bears to Northern Cascades

    WASHINGTON (July 25, 2019) – Today Ethan Lane, Senior Executive Director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Federal Lands and Executive Director of the Public Lands Council, issued the following statement in response to Department of the Interior re-opening the public comment period on grizzly bear reintroduction to the Northern Cascades ecosystem: “This industry remains […]

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  • NCBA, PLC Applaud Nomination of Skipwith to Lead U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    WASHINGTON (July 17, 2019) — Ethan Lane, Senior Executive Director, Federal Lands, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and Executive Director, Public Lands Council, today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s nomination of Aurelia Skipwith to be Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: “Aurelia Skipwith has been an exemplary representative of the […]

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  • Public Lands Official to Congress: Federal Wild Horse Management System “Crippled to Point of Catastrophic Failure”

    Lane Calls for Congress to Take Action, Consider Compromise Proposal For Sake of Wildlife, Rangelands WASHINGTON (July 16, 2019) — The current system of managing wild horses and burros on public lands “has been crippled to the point of catastrophic failure” and Congress needs to step in to improve the system “to the benefit of […]

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  • Cattlemen Welcome Nomination of Rob Wallace for Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks

    WASHINGTON (May 6, 2019) – Today Ethan Lane, Senior Executive Director of NCBA Federal Lands and Executive Director of the Public Lands Council, issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement to nominate Rob Wallace as the Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. “We are pleased that the White House has chosen […]

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  • Ranchers Play “Irreplaceable Role” in Species Conservation

    WASHINGTON (May 6, 2019) – Today Ethan Lane, senior executive director of NCBA Federal Lands and executive director of the Public Lands Council, released the following statement in response to the release of the IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: “In light of today’s report by the U.N., it is important to remember the […]

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  • Agriculture, Natural Resources Groups Support Multi-Stakeholder Proposal to Manage Wild Horses and Burros

    WASHINGTON (April 22, 2019) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Public Lands Council (PLC), American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), and Society for Range Management (SRM) today announced support for a proposal to reduce wild horse and burro populations on western rangelands.  The proposal, titled “The Path Forward for Management of the Bureau of Land […]

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  • Livestock Industry Groups Launch Campaign Supporting State Management of Gray Wolf Populations

    WASHINGTON (April 17, 2019) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) today announced the launch of a campaign to celebrate the conservation success story of the gray wolf. The campaign supports state management of gray wolf populations and encourages grassroot engagement during the open U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) public […]

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  • Ranchers Promote Benefits of Grazing at Public Lands Council Legislative Conference

    WASHINGTON (April 2, 2019) – Federal lands ranchers from across the West attended the 2019 Public Lands Council (PLC) Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. The event,  which wrapped up Tuesday afternoon, was a platform for official association business and featured updates from congressional and agency officials. The 2019 Legislative Conference featured speakers from the U.S. Department […]

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