• Californians Have Been Kept in the Dark on Preventable Wildfires and Power Outages

    Which is worse: days without electricity that disrupt communities or catastrophic wildfires that tear through forests and threaten public health? This question sits on the minds of PG&E officials as they mull their recent decision to intentionally shut power off to northern California customers over the past few days – a decision made out of […]

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  • Livestock Groups Call Attention to Judicial Activism in Sage Grouse Case

    WASHINGTON (Oct. 16, 2019) – Today, Public Lands Council President Bob Skinner and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Jennifer Houston released the following statements in response to the enjoinment of the 2019 BLM Sage-Grouse Plan Amendments: “This is yet another example of advocacy from the bench. The claims lodged by the plaintiffs are not based […]

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  • Public Lands Council Concludes 51st Annual Meeting

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (Sept. 28, 2019) – Following an appearance from U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, the Public Lands Council (PLC) concluded its Annual Meeting in Great Falls, Montana. The sold-out meeting attracted greater than 200 industry leaders who traveled from across the West to partake in the event. Attendees heard from Bureau […]

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  • U.S. Interior Secretary Bernhardt Headlines PLC Annual Banquet in Montana

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (Sept. 28, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt addressed many of his greatest partners in land management and conservation – federal lands ranchers – as he headlined the Public Lands Council Annual Banquet in Great Falls, Mont. on Friday night. The banquet is part of the PLC’s Annual Meeting […]

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  • BLM Recognizes Individuals and Organizations at PLC Annual Meeting

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (September 26, 2018) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 2019 Rangeland and Sagebrush Steppe Stewardship Awards were presented Thursday during the Public Lands Council (PLC) Annual Meeting in Great Falls, Montana. The awards recognize the effort of individuals and organizations who are dedicated to improving the health and productivity of public […]

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  • Public Lands Council Kicks Off Sold-out Event in Great Falls, Mont.

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (Sept. 25, 2019) – The Public Lands Council (PLC) today kicked off its sold-out Annual Meeting in Great Falls, Mont., by welcoming more than 200 industry leaders to a community barbeque and block party. The meeting will run through Saturday and includes an impressive lineup of speakers from government agencies, academic communities, […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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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