• Public Lands Council Opens 2020 Legislative Conference Registration

    WASHINGTON (January 14, 2020) – The Public Lands Council (PLC) opened registration for its 2020 Legislative Conference in Washington March 30 – 31. The annual conference brings western cattle and sheep producers from across the West to the nation’s capital to discuss key issues impacting the federal lands ranching industry and provides a platform for […]

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    Ranchers Applaud Announcement of New NEPA Rules

    WASHINGTON (Jan. 9, 2020) – Ranchers across the country today hailed an announcement by President Trump that his Administration will promulgate new regulations to implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). “Over time, NEPA has evolved into a complex web of onerous processes and bureaucratic red tape,” said fifth-generation Oregon rancher and Public Lands Council […]

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  • Niels Hansen: The End of a Decade

    Christmas, by nature, provides a time to take account of the blessings we have enjoyed over the past year with our family, friends and the life we lead living and working on the land. I and many other ranchers are in a better place today than we were twelve months ago. Private land or public, […]

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  • Livestock Producers Applaud Skipwith Confirmation, Encourage Vote on Pending Nominees

    WASHINGTON (Dec. 12, 2019) – National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Jennifer Houston and Public Lands Council (PLC) President Bob Skinner today issued the following statements in response to the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Aurelia Skipwith as the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: “Aurelia Skipwith possesses a keen understanding of industry and […]

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  • 2020 Nick Theos Scholarship Application Opens, Students Encouraged to Apply

    WASHINGTON (December 10, 2019) – The Public Lands Council (PLC) today opened the application period for 2020 Nick Theos Scholarships. The scholarships provides students with a passion for the western livestock industry an opportunity to attend the 2020 PLC Spring Legislative Conference, held March 30-31, 2020 in Washington, D.C. The PLC Legislative Conference brings together […]

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  • Ultimate Gift Guide for Public Lands Ranchers

    Christmas is just around the corner, and we have the inside scoop! Whether shopping for those young or old, or for presents big or small, our public-lands-rancher-approved gift guide is sure to spark inspiration for the cattle or sheep producer on your list! Gorgeous Gloves We know too well the harsh winters of PLC country […]

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  • 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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