• House Approves Amendment to Reinstate Gray Wolf Delisting in Wyoming and the Great Lakes Region

    WASHINGTON (February 26, 2016) – Today, the House passed an amendment to the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act that would reinstate the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2011 delisting of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act in Wyoming and the Great Lakes region. Due to frivolous litigation by radical environmental groups, […]

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  • President Obama Uses Antiquities Act to Lock off Additional 1.8 Million Acres

    WASHINGTON (Feb. 16, 2016) – For the 22nd time in his Administration, President Obama has improperly leveraged the Antiquities Act of 1906 to lock up millions of acres of the American West. In a press release touting the designation of Sand to Snow National Monument, Mojave Trails National Monument, and Castle Mountains National Monument – […]

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  • NCBA and PLC Accepting Applications for Two Summer Positions

    WASHINGTON (Feb. 4, 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 2016 summer  public policy intern as well as a summer law clerk. The deadline to submit an application for either position is Feb. 24, 2016. NCBA Executive Director of […]

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  • President Vetoes Resolution of Disapproval of WOTUS

    WASINGTON (Jan. 20, 2016) – After bi-partisan passage in both chambers of Congress, President Obama vetoed Senate Joint Resolution 22, disapproval of the EPA’s “waters of the United States” rule. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Philip Ellis said this is a clear indication the President does not understand the role America’s cattle producers, land owners […]

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  • NCBA and PLC Urge House to Support Disapproval of WOTUS

    WASHINGTON (Jan. 12, 2016) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council, along with 42 state affiliate organizations, today sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging support of Senate Joint Resolution 22, disapproval of the EPA and Army Corps’ “waters of the United States” rule. NCBA President Philip Ellis, said withdrawal […]

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  • House Passes Bill to Address Abuse of EAJA

    WASHINGTON (November 30, 2015) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud the House passage of H.R. 3279 Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), requires oversight and transparency of funds awarded under EAJA. Philip Ellis, NCBA president and Wyoming rancher, said […]

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  • Environmental Group Makes Misleading Claims on Arizona Monument Designation

    WASHINGTON (November 19, 2015) – Today, the Center for Western Priorities released a study purporting to show the economic benefits of the proposed Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument in Arizona. The study cited claims that a positive impact of $51 million from land management operations, grazing, mining, and forestry in addition to tourism would […]

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  • WNAX: Public Lands Council Wants Endangered Species Act Reform

    Public Lands Council Wants Endangered Species Act Reform Yesterday at 8:45 AM in Agriculture PHOTO: WNAX The Public Lands Council wants Congress to reform the Endangered Species Act. Council Executive Director Ethan Lane says they’d like to see more local control, with state agencies taking a greater role in the regulation. He says recovery and delisting […]

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  • Senate Passes Resolution to Withdraw WOTUS Rule

    WASHINGTON (Nov. 4, 2015) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council appreciate the bi-partisan show of support in the Senate today against the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ “waters of the United States” rule. NCBA President, Philip Ellis said the joint resolution passed today by the Senate (53-44) could finally put this burdensome […]

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  • NCBA and PLC Urge Senate Support for Federal Water Quality Protection Act

    WASHINGTON (Nov. 3, 2015) – Today the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council sent a letter urging the Senate to vote for S. 1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act. This bipartisan legislation would direct the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the current “waters of the United States” rule and […]

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  • Public Lands Council Welcomes New Executive Director

    WASHINGTON (November 2, 2015) – The Public Lands Council welcomes Ethan Lane to the association in his new role as executive director. Lane is originally from Arizona and joins PLC with over 18 years’ experience in natural resource and land use issues. In his new role, he will also serve as executive director of federal […]

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  • Sage Grouse Stays off Endangered Species List

    WASHINGTON (September 22, 2015) – Today, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced the greater sage grouse is not warranted for listing under the Endangered Species Act, a victory for western rangelands and livestock producers. Unfortunately, in conjunction with this decision, the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service announced that their restrictive land use plans […]

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  • Judge Backs Industry; Rules in Favor of Science-based Management of Wild Horses

    WASHINGTON (October 1, 2015) – Livestock producers won a significant victory in court yesterday when a judge in Washington D.C., soundly rejected unsupported claims that the United States Forest Service wild horse management plan would threaten the long-term health and well-being of the wild horse population in the Modoc National Forest. In 2014, the wild […]

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  • Western Ranchers Discuss Policy Priorities during Annual Meeting in Cody, Wyo.

    Western Ranchers Discuss Policy Priorities during Annual Meeting in Cody, Wyo. WASHINGTON (September 14, 2015) – The Public Lands Council hosted its annual meeting in Cody, Wyo., last week to discuss issues critical to the western ranching industry. Session topics included the need for modernization of the Endangered Species Act, sage grouse, invasive species, wildfire […]

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  • Public Lands Council Hosts Annual meeting in Cody, Wyo.

    CODY, Wyo. (Sept. 10, 2015) – Western ranchers are gathering this week in Cody, Wyo., for the 2015 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 has a […]

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