• New NEPA Rule Ignores Congress, Increases Bureaucratic Red Tape

    WASHINGTON (May 2, 2024) – Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Public Lands Council (PLC) reacted to the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) final Phase 2 rule amending the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) which will make the process even more burdensome for livestock producers. “In a time when the Biden Administration […]

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  • BLM Rule Threatens Multiple Use Management of Public Lands

    WASHINGTON (April 18, 2024) – Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Public Lands Council (PLC) expressed serious concerns about the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final “Conservation and Landscape Health” rule that reimagines the agency’s requirements to manage lands for multiple uses, including livestock grazing. “The BLM has a statutory responsibility to ensure […]

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  • Ranchers Slam Regressive Endangered Species Act Rulemakings

    WASHINGTON (April 8, 2024) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) condemned the Biden Administration’s three finalized Endangered Species Act (ESA) rulemakings that significantly expand federal overreach and roll back reforms that previously provided some relief to farmers and ranchers. “The Biden Administration’s goal should be to improve the […]

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  • Ranchers Frustrated by Biden Administration’s Continued Steamroll over NW Washington Communities

    WASHINGTON (March 21, 2024) – Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Public Lands Council (PLC) condemned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) indication that they intend to proceed with translocating grizzly bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem in northwest Washington state, despite longstanding and vocal objections from local communities and elected officials. The […]

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  • Ranchers Urge BLM to Incorporate Latest Science in New Sage Grouse Plans

    WASHINGTON (Mar. 15, 2024) – Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Public Lands Council (PLC) responded to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) release of the updated greater sage ground management plans. These plans will shape public land use across 10 different states and tens of millions of Western acres. After completing revisions […]

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  • Rancher Profile: Matt McElligott – Oregon PLC

    Matt McElligott has family ties to agriculture that go back well over a century. Starting out in Kansas, his family began ranching in the 1800s, eventually homesteading in Eastern Oregon where the family ranch still operates in the McElligott name through his cousins. Matt represents the fifth generation of a shared family heritage, owning and […]

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  • Rancher Profile: Darcy Helmick – Idaho PLC

    The changing temperatures and turning of the leaves make a perfect environment for gathering and weaning, as well as appreciating the results of another year’s hard work! Like many other producers, fall is my favorite time of year! Not only is it time to take a hard look at weaning weights and calf crop percentages, […]

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  • Rancher Profile: Robbie LeValley – Colorado PLC

    Colorado PLC is the leader in public lands grazing advocacy. From writing comments on all issues related to public lands and wildlife to communicating directly with Colorado permittees on specific permit-related issues, we strive to be the conduit for information and go-to problem-solvers in the state.   The Colorado Public Lands Council (CPLC) is comprised […]

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  • Cattlemen Object to Biden Administration’s Plan to Introduce Grizzly Bears in Pacific Northwest

    WASHINGTON (November 13, 2023) – Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Public Lands Council (PLC), and Washington Cattlemen’s Association (WCA), alongside other leading national agricultural organizations, filed comments opposing the Biden administration’s plan to introduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem (NCE) in Washington state. This latest proposed rule from the U.S. Fish […]

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  • PLC Honors Awardees from OR and NV During 55th Annual Meeting

    WASHINGTON (Sept. 14, 2023) – During their 55th Annual Meeting, the Public Lands Council (PLC) honored two individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the public lands ranching community. PLC selected Oregon rancher John O’Keeffe as the 2023 President’s Award recipient and Dr. Barry Perryman as the 2023 Friend of PLC. PLC President Mark Roeber recognized […]

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  • BLM Announces Winners of the 2023 Rangeland Stewardship and Innovation Awards

    PENDLETON, ORE. (Sept. 7, 2023) – At the Public Lands Council (PLC) annual meeting this week, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced winners of the 2023 Rangeland Stewardship and Rangeland Innovation awards to recognize exemplary management and outstanding accomplishments in restoring and maintaining the health of public rangelands. PLC and BLM have partnered for […]

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  • Federal Lands Ranchers Convene for 55th PLC Annual Meeting

    PENDLETON, ORE. (September 6, 2023) – The Public Lands Council (PLC) 55th Annual Meeting starts today, where ranchers, Congressional representatives, administration officials, and industry stakeholders from across the country will convene in-person to discuss the pressing issues facing public lands ranching. This event gives federal grazing permittees the opportunity to set policy priorities for the […]

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  • California Rancher Urges Congress to Address Wildfires Through Livestock Grazing and Effective Land Management Tools

    YOSEMITE VALLEY, CALIF. (August 11, 2023) – Today, Dr. Dave Daley, a leader in the California Cattlemen’s Association, Public Lands Council, and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association testified before the House Natural Resources Committee in a field hearing titled “Conservation in a Crown Jewel: A Discussion About Wildfires and Forest Management.” “In the wake of historic […]

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  • Public Lands Ranchers Speak Out Against Biden Antiquities Act Designation

    WASHINGTON (August 8, 2023) – Today, the Public Lands Council (PLC) spoke out against President Biden’s decision to designate over a million acres of land in Arizona under the Antiquities Act. This designation is the latest in a long series of recent actions from the Biden administration that has disenfranchised communities across the West. “Rural […]

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  • PLC Leads Coalition Comments on BLM Public Lands Rule

    WASHINGTON (July 6, 2023) – Last night, the Public Lands Council (PLC) submitted grazing coalition comments raising concerns with the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed rule titled “Conservation and Landscape Health.” Together with PLC affiliate members the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), as well as partners from the […]

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