• wildfire burning out of control Wildfires

    Wildfire Prevention & Recovery

    Poor Management Causes Wildfires, Harming the Land and Livelihoods of Public Land Ranchers Recent drought and miles of unmanaged forest on federal lands have led to damaging wildfires, destroying natural resources upon which ranchers, rural communities, wildlife and the general public rely. Overregulation and environmental litigation has resulted in greatly

  • Wildlife

    Endangered Species

    Enacted in 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was intended to prevent the extinction of certain species by recovering them and removing them from the threatened and endangered species list. However, since the ESA was last reauthorized two decades ago, fewer than 2% of the species listed as endangered have

  • Land Use

    Antiquities Act

    Designating Lands as “Special“—and Facing the Consequences The west is abounding with awe-inspiring scenes of mountain meadows, towering canyons, and rushing rivers. Many of these beautiful and bountiful areas have inspired Congress and some American presidents to designate them as “special.” Unfortunately, these special designations inevitably result in the curtailing

  • Wildlife

    Wild Horse & Burro

    Wild horses and burros are non-native animals, protected by the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act (WHB Act). The proper management of these animals on federal land affects many ranchers across the West. However, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has only been able to manage these populations to a

  • Environment

    Water & Wetlands

    Because of broad interpretation of the “significant nexus” test for determining regulatory jurisdiction over wetlands in the current draft of the Clean Water Act (CWA), there is debate regarding who has jurisdiction over what waters. PLC Believes: The original intent of Environmental Protection Act’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ jurisdiction

  • Wildlife


    Both the Gray Wolf and the Mexican Wolf pose a threat to ranchers’ livestock and cause a significant impact on the bottom lines on ranchers’ businesses. In addition to death of livestock caused by these predators, there are high costs associated with physical stress to the cattle and management of

  • Land Use

    Forest Service Planning Rule

    The National Forest Management Act (NFMA) requires the US Forest Service (USFS) to put in place a “planning rule” under which individual forests then develop specific management plans. Presently, USFS is operating under the transition provisions of the 2000 planning rule; however, a new planning rule is in the process

  • Economic

    Economic Issues

    Despite their importance to America’s food supply and the economy, public lands ranchers are under constant attack from regulations, lawsuits and misinformation. This threat extends beyond grazing regulations to the structure of their family businesses and heritage. Ranching is part of the fabric and unique character of America’s rural areas

  • Border & Immigration

    Border Insecurity: Risking Lives and Harming Resources

    Ranchers along the Mexican border face an increasingly dangerous work environment as they attempt to maintain their livelihoods and businesses as violence and destruction continues to rise. Greatly exacerbating the organized crime and illegal immigration problems on the border are the vast areas of Wilderness and other specially-designated federal lands.

  • Equal Access to Justice

    Equal Access to Justice Act

    The Judgment Fund and the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) were enacted to reimburse attorneys’ fees to people who prevail in court against the federal government. However, the fund is not subject to appropriations by Congress, and there is no transparency regarding the costs, recipient of money, and outcome