• 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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  • Livestock Producers Praise Recovery of Gray Wolf as “Conservation Success Story”

    WASHINGTON (March 6, 2019) – Today Jennifer Houston, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and Bob Skinner, president of the Public Lands Council, released a joint statement in response to the Department of Interior’s announcement that it will publish a gray wolf delisting rule in the Federal Register: “The recovery of the gray wolf […]

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  • Cattlemen React to Senate Passage of Public Lands Package

    WASHINGTON (Feb. 12, 2019) – Today Ethan Lane, Senior Executive Director of the Public Lands Council and NCBA Federal Lands, issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s passage of S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act.“Ultimately, the biggest win in this package is simply it’s passage. Clearing the decks of so many local issues […]

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  • PLC Applauds Nomination of David Bernhardt to be Interior Secretary

    WASHINGTON (Feb. 4, 2019) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council today released the following statement regarding the announcement that President Trump is nominating David Bernhardt to be the next U.S. Secretary of the Interior: “NCBA has worked very closely with Deputy Secretary Bernhardt over the past two years, and he […]

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  • Western Ranching Community Disappointed by Lack of Forest Management in Farm Bill

    WASHINGTON (December 11, 2018) – Ethan Lane, Executive Director of the Public Lands Council, issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s release of the 2018 Farm Bill conference report: “The 2018 Farm Bill negotiators elected to advance a bill that abandoned Western communities by stripping away all provisions for responsible forest management. The agriculture […]

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  • Livestock Producers Praise Modifications to Sage Grouse Land Use Plans

    WASHINGTON (December 6, 2018) – Ethan Lane, Executive Director of the Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Federal Lands, released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s modified state-by-state Resource Management Plan Amendments and Final Environmental Impact Statement contributing to the ongoing effort to overhaul the 2015 Obama-era sage grouse plans: […]

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  • Western Ranchers Recognized by BLM During PLC Annual Meeting

    PARK CITY, UTAH (September 27, 2018) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 2018 Rangeland and Sagebrush Steppe Stewardship Awards were presented Thursday during the Public Lands Council (PLC) 50th Annual Meeting in Park City, Utah. The awards recognize the effort of individuals and organizations who are dedicated to improving the health and productivity of […]

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  • The Public Lands Council Turns 50

    WASHINGTON (August 6, 2018) – Today the Public Lands Council (PLC), America’s only organization dedicated solely to representing the 22,000 western ranchers who hold federal grazing permits, celebrates its 50th anniversary. Since incorporation in 1968, the national organization has served as a vital voice for the West on Capitol Hill and around the country. “Very […]

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  • Livestock Groups Launch Media Campaign in Support of Barrasso Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2018

    WASHINGTON (July 17, 2018) – The Public Lands Council (PLC) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today launched an online campaign to educate the public on the need for a modernized Endangered Species Act. The campaign, which focuses on the ranching industry, highlights the importance of working landscapes in improving ecological services and achieving […]

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  • Public Lands Council Urges Lawmakers To Restore Balance To NEPA Process

    WASHINGTON (April 24, 2018) – Today the Public Lands Council released policy proposals for reducing the abuse of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and restoring much-needed balance to federal land management decisions in the West. As Congress debates NEPA reform, including at a hearing tomorrow in the House Committee on Natural Resources, PLC is […]

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  • Public Lands Ranchers Gather in the Nation’s Capital

    WASHINGTON DC (April 10, 2018) – Western cattle and sheep producers gathered in Washington, DC this week for the 2018 Public Lands Council (PLC) Legislative Conference. Conference attendees received updates on public lands ranching policy and provided insight and direction for current and future legislation impacting the industry. “Congress and the Administration are debating issues […]

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  • Public Lands Council to Fund Federal Lands Ranching Projects, Opens Proposal Application Period

    WASHINGTON (April 10, 2018) – Today the Public Lands Council (PLC) launched a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) for projects designed to strengthen the long-term viability of the public lands ranching industry. Funded by the PLC Endowment Trust, the RFP provides financial support to projects addressing key issues across the federal lands ranching industry. While […]

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