• Rancher Profile: Dan Anderson

    Planting Roots   The Anderson family hails from South Dakota with deep roots in the area and its rich agricultural history. As Dan Anderson tells it, his grandparents came to the United States in the early 1900s, and in 1959, Dan’s parents purchased the ranch that continues to sustain the family to this day.   The family […]

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  • Biden NEPA Framework Compromises Environmental, Economic Goals

    WASHINGTON (April 19, 2022) – The Public Lands Council (PLC) and The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today expressed concern that the Biden administration’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule undermines progress made over the last several years at a time when efficient regulatory processes are critical to environmental and economic sustainability. “When it comes […]

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  • PLC Now Accepting FY23 Grant Proposals

    WASHINGTON (APRIL 12, 2022) – The application period is now open for Fiscal Year 2023 grants from the Public Lands Council. PLC’s grant program offers funding on a competitive basis to projects that can equip public lands ranchers and land managers with information to help advance and improve the future of grazing on federal lands. Priorities […]

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  • PLC and NCBA Welcome Expansion of ELAP

    WASHINGTON (April 1, 2022) – The Public Lands Council (PLC) and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) welcome the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to expand the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) to cover a portion of the costs incurred from the transportation of livestock to feed sources. “Western ranchers experience […]

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  • PLC and NCBA Denounce BLM Decision on APR Allotment Conversion

    WASHINGTON (March 31, 2022) – Today, the Public Lands Council (PLC) and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) denounced the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed decision on the American Prairie Reserve’s (APR) request to graze bison on seven grazing allotments in Montana. “In addition to an unacceptable disregard for animal and rangeland health, this decision fails to address […]

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  • PLC and NCBA Disappointed in Court Decision to Relist Gray Wolves Under ESA

    WASHINGTON (February 10, 2022) – Today, the Public Lands Council (PLC) and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) expressed opposition to the U.S. District Court’s ruling to remand and vacate the gray wolf Endangered Species Act (ESA) delisting announced by the Trump administration in 2020. “It’s disappointing that environmental activism carried more weight than science in […]

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  • PLC Responds to 2022 Grazing Fees

    WASHINGTON (Feb. 1, 2022) — Today, the Public Lands Council released the following statement regarding the announcement of the 2022 federal grazing fee. “Each year, ranchers across the West depend on a grazing fee process that is transparent and accurately reflects conditions on the ground. The standard formula ensures fair and equitable access to forage […]

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  • Rancher Profile: Niels Hansen

    The great American West was built upon the ideals of hard work, perseverance, and tradition. It’s these same principles that serve as the foundation for so many families who ranch in that part of the country today. And that’s no different for Niels Hansen, a third-generation rancher from Rawlins, Wyo. He takes pride in the […]

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  • PLC Opens Registration for 2022 Legislative Conference

    WASHINGTON (December 17, 2021) — Today, the Public Lands Council (PLC) opened registration for its annual Legislative Conference on March 28-29, 2022. Returning to an in-person format in our nation’s capital, the event will provide a platform for ranchers to speak directly with key policymakers at federal agencies and on Capitol Hill. Registration is open at publiclandscouncil.org. “The policies […]

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  • NCBA and PLC Prioritize Local Conservation, Sound Science in Sage Grouse Scoping Process

    WASHINGTON (November 19, 2021) — Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced the beginning of a scoping process on Greater Sage-Grouse management, a part of the agency’s process to revise west-wide management plans through regulatory action. Public Lands Council Executive Director and NCBA Executive Director of Natural Resources Kaitlynn Glover issued the following statement: […]

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  • 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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