WASHINGTON (Sept. 24, 2020) – The Public Lands Council’s (PLC) 52nd Annual Meeting heads into the final day with hundreds of ranchers registered to take part in virtual sessions. Today’s events will feature remarks from Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Aurelia Skipwith, an expert panel, and several policy committees.
Despite meeting virtually for the first time, the annual meeting attracted more than 200 attendees, which is on par with a traditional PLC annual meeting. Throughout the two-day meeting, participants have had important conversations about wildfire, drought, grazing permits, and regulatory reforms to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
“Meeting on a regular basis is so important – both to our members and to the policy development process that directs our staff in Washington,” said PLC Executive Director Kaitlynn Glover. “Each year brings its own challenges for federal lands ranchers, and 2020 is no exception. I am proud of the way this group has embraced the opportunity to meet virtually and of the discussions we’re having this week,”
Today’s schedule is included below and includes a closing general session along with policy committee meetings tackling grazing permits and PLC’s communications efforts.
“PLC Annual meeting is more than just a time to catch up with friends and hear about our latest work in Washington. It is also about conducting essential business that is instrumental in plotting PLC’s course into the future. I am happy to see that we have such a strong grassroots community who continue to adapt to the challenges of the day.”
Thursday, September 24 (all times in MDT)
10:00 – 11:45 a.m. – General Session
- USFWS Director Aurelia Skipwith
- Litigation and Regulation Panel Discussion
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Break
12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – BLM Committee Meeting
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Break
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Communications Committee Meeting