• Advocates of ESA abuse continue to stifle reform

    By: Niels Hansen Special to The Hill, October 4, 2016 Enacted in 1973, the Endangered Species Act was intended to prevent the extinction of species through recovery and removal from the threatened and endangered list. However, after more than four decades, the ESA is failing with a recovery and delisting rate of less than two […]

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  • NCBA and PLC Accepting Applications for Spring Internships – Open Positions Include Public Policy Intern and Semester Law Clerk

    WASHINGTON (Sept. 30, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for a 2017 Spring public policy intern as well as a semester law clerk. The deadline to submit an application for either position is Oct. 22, 2016. The internships give college students […]

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  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Takes Steps to Address ESA Deficiencies

    WASHINGTON (Sept. 26, 2016) – Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a final rule that begins to address rampant abuse of the Endangered Species Act listing process. The rule limits petitions for new listings to one species and will require more substantive justification in order to file a petition for listing under the […]

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  • Congress Steps in to Address Continued Abuse of Antiquities Act

    WASHINGTON (Sept. 22, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for taking substantive action on the continued abuse of the Antiquities Act of 1906. These common sense bills from Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Flake (R-Ariz.) are critical to […]

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  • BLM Advisory Board Recommends Increased Management of Exploding Wild Horse Population

    WASHINGTON (September 12, 2016) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, made up of a wide range of stakeholders, recommended last week significant management changes to address the exploding population of wild horses and the resulting animal welfare catastrophe. Dave Eliason, Public Lands Council president said this is a step […]

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  • 2016 Public Lands Council Meeting Wraps Up; Utah Rancher Takes the Reins

    WASHINGTON (September 12, 2016) – On Sat. Sept. 10, 2016, the annual Public Lands Council meeting wrapped up with a high desert range and operation tour in Southern Idaho. The meeting drew more than 150 public lands ranchers along with affiliate representatives to engage in the grassroots policy process, hear from agency officials, and discuss […]

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  • Public Lands Council Hosts Annual Meeting in Boise, Idaho

    BOISE, Idaho (Sept. 8, 2016) – Western ranchers are gathering this week in Boise, Idaho, for the 2016 Public Lands Council annual meeting. As the only organization in Washington D.C. solely dedicated to representing livestock ranchers who utilize public lands, PLC’s annual meeting will focus on legislative and regulatory updates. This year’s meeting will again […]

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  • Environmental Groups Hamper Endangered Species Conservation

    WASHINGTON (August 23, 2016) – Today, the Center for Biological Diversity along with other radical environmental groups threatened to sue the Department of Interior and Fish and Wildlife Service to force action on 417 proposed listings under the Endangered Species Act, all stemming from a massive lawsuit settlement brokered behind closed doors and without stakeholders […]

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  • Interior Appropriations Bill Advances through Committee

    WASHINGTON (June 15, 2016) – Today, the House Committee on Appropriations favorably reported the FY 2017 Interior and Environment appropriations bill to the House of Representatives by a vote of 31-18. The bill addresses a number of priorities for the livestock industry, including language regarding the Greater Sage Grouse and full defunding of EPA’s problematic “waters of […]

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  • House Interior Appropriations Committee Marks Up FY17 Spending Bill

    WASHINGTON (May 25, 2016) – Statement by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies mark-up of the fiscal 2017 spending bill: “The spending bill marked up by the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee contained a number of priorities for cattlemen and women. Specifically this legislation would […]

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  • NCBA, PLC Accepting Fall Law Clerk Applications

    WASHINGTON (May 16, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for a law clerk for the 2016 fall semester. The deadline to submit an application for the position is May 27, 2016. NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said […]

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  • NCBA and PLC Pleased Administration Drops Lesser Prairie Chicken Appeal

    WASHINGTON (May 11, 2016) – Statement by Ethan Lane, executive director, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Federal Lands and Public Lands Council regarding the decision by the Obama Administration to drop their appeal of the federal court decision that overturned the listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. […]

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  • Senate Turns its Back on Western Communities – Votes for permanent reauthorization of controversial federal land acquisition fund

    WASHINGTON (April 20, 2016) – As part of the Energy Security and Research Bill (S.2012) passed today by the U.S Senate, the Senate inappropriately included a provision permanently reauthorizing the $900 million Land and Water Conservation Fund with a requirement that not less than 40 percent of LWCF money be spent on federal acquisitions. In […]

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  • Colorado Rancher Testifies before House Natural Resources Committee – Calls Administration’s Critical Habitat Plans Overregulation

    WASHINGTON (April 19, 2016) – Fourth generation rancher Robbie LeValley of Western Colorado testified before the House Natural Resources Committee today to discuss the potential consequences of the Administration’s critical habitat policy. A recent rule finalized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will change the regulations for designating critical habitat. While the Service stated […]

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  • NCBA, PLC Tell Courts BLM and USFS Land Use Plans Are Detrimental to Healthy Rangelands

    WASHINGTON (March 9, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council along with the Idaho Cattle Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, and Idaho Farm Bureau Federation filed an amicus brief on Tuesday regarding the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service’s restrictive land management plans that came as a back […]

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