• NCBA and PLC: Administration Can’t Designate Their Way to a Conservation Win on Paper

    WASHINGTON (October 8, 2021) — Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Public Lands Council (PLC) criticized the Biden administration’s unilateral decision to put sweeping federal designations on millions of acres surrounding the Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. After months of rhetoric touting their intent to work collaboratively with state […]

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  • Ranchers Seek Positive Action from Incoming Bureau of Land Management Director

    WASHINGTON (October 1, 2021) – The Public Lands Council (PLC) and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today issued the following statement on the Senate confirmation of Tracy Stone-Manning as Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM): “The BLM has been without Senate-confirmed leadership for multiple years, so today’s confirmation is an important step for […]

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  • PLC Grants Awarded to Local Cattle Associations, Research and Legal Teams

    WASHINGTON (September 30, 2021) — The Public Lands Council (PLC) announced this week that they will provide over $450,000 in grant funding to multiple cattle groups, university research teams, and federal land-focused organizations to support research and educational programs that strengthen the future of public lands livestock production. The grant recipients for 2022 are the Western […]

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  • PLC Honors Colorado Rancher, Longtime Idaho BLM Leader at Annual Meeting

    WASHINGTON (September 29, 2021) — The Public Lands Council (PLC) honored individuals who have demonstrated an exceptional dedication to the industry and partnership with public lands ranchers during PLC’s 53rd Annual Meeting this week. Colorado rancher Robbie LeValley was selected as the 2021 PLC President’s Award winner yesterday. LeValley, a fourth-generation rancher in Delta County, […]

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  • BLM Recognizes Ranchers for Exemplary Stewardship of Public Rangelands

    BOISE, Idaho (September 28, 2021) — Today, the Bureau of Land Management recognized two ranches with federal grazing permits for their outstanding work to restore, enhance, and protect vital Western ecosystems. The 2021 Rangeland Stewardship and Sagebrush-Steppe Awards were presented during the 2021 Public Lands Council (PLC) Annual Meeting. Honorees include the Dugout Ranch in Utah, […]

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  • Ranchers Engage with Key Administration Officials and Partners at 53rd PLC Annual Meeting

    BOISE, Idaho (September 28, 2021) — Today, ranchers, policymakers, and industry stakeholders from across the country will gather virtually for the Public Lands Council’s (PLC) 53rd Annual Meeting. The event provides federal grazing permittees with the opportunity to shape PLC policy and engage with experts on the top issues facing Western communities and Western lands. Throughout the day, […]

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  • NCBA and PLC Condemn BLM Headquarters Move in the Middle of Historic Crises

    WASHINGTON (September 17, 2021) — Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Public Lands Council (PLC) condemned the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) decision to relocate its headquarters to Washington, D.C. amid multiple, historic environmental crises in the western United States. “More than 5.5 million acres of land have burned in catastrophic wildfires so far this […]

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  • NCBA and PLC Confident That FWS Review Will Find Western Gray Wolves Recovered

    WASHINGTON (September 15, 2021) — Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Public Lands Council (PLC) said they are confident that the newly announced review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will confirm what conservation groups, scientists, and ranchers across the West have already observed for years — gray wolves are not endangered. […]

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  • NCBA and PLC Denounce the Administration’s Misguided Focus on Wilderness Designations

    WASHINGTON (September 1, 2021) — Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Public Lands Council (PLC) denounced the administration’s elevated focus on federal wilderness designations as an overly-broad tool for reaching climate goals and targets laid out under the America the Beautiful conservation campaign. President Biden’s proclamation named September 2021 as National Wilderness Month, and outlined the president’s […]

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  • Conserving America the Beautiful – the ranching way.

    by Kaitlynn Glover Ranchers are the original conservationists. They’d call themselves managers, stewards, or just-plain-ranchers, but there’s no mistaking the careful management and successful outcomes of their labors. They are conservationists in the truest sense – working with the landscape and tailoring their approach accordingly. It’s this commitment to place-based management that has prompted ranchers […]

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  • Registration Now Open for 2021 Public Lands Council Annual Meeting

    WASHINGTON (July 1, 2021) — Today, the Public Lands Council (PLC), opened registration for its 53rd Annual Meeting to be held September 8-10, 2021, in Seaside, Oregon. PLC is the only national organization dedicated solely to representing the interests and perspectives of cattle and sheep producers who utilize federal lands and grazing permits as part of their […]

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  • NCBA and PLC Ready to Defend Progress on Clean Water Act

    WASHINGTON (June 10, 2021) — Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Public Lands Council (PLC) issued the following statement in response to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan’s announcement that the agency intends to revise the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR). “Livestock producers, who manage both their private lands and safeguard public lands, have […]

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  • PLC Renews Call for Wild Horse Management

    WASHINGTON (June 4, 2021) — Today, the Public Lands Council (PLC) renewed the call for responsible, proactive management of horses and burros managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Recent activist efforts to undermine the truth about overpopulated rangelands seek to exploit political transitions and undermine progress that has been made toward improved management of […]

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  • NCBA and PLC Severely Disappointed by Lesser Prairie Chicken Listing

    WASHINGTON (May 28, 2021) – Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Public Lands Council (PLC) expressed opposition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) decision to move forward with Endangered Species Act (ESA) designations for the Lesser Prairie Chicken. The FWS decision designates two distinct population segments (DPS) of the species. The Northern […]

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  • Agriculture and Forestry Coalition Moves to Defend Gray Wolf Delisting

    WASHINGTON (May 21, 2021) – This week, a coalition of agriculture and forestry groups — including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Forest Resources Council, the American Sheep Industry Association, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and the Public Lands Council — filed motions in court in defense of delisting the gray wolf under the Endangered […]

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