• 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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  • NCBA and PLC Pleased To See Ranchers and Farmers’ Input Adopted In 30×30 Guidelines

    WASHINGTON (May 6, 2021) – Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Public Lands Council (PLC) recognized the inclusion of agricultural producers’ recommendations in the Biden administration’s conservation goals report. The report details the administration’s approach to conserving 30 percent of the nation’s land and waters by the year 2030 — an initiative previously called 30×30 […]

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  • Cattle Rancher to Congress: Active Management Necessary to Curb Wildfires

    WASHINGTON (April 29, 2021) – Today, fifth-generation California cattle producer Dr. Dave Daley testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands. Daley shared his expertise on wildfire management as an experienced cattlemen, longtime educator, and survivor of the 2020 Bear Fire in Butte County, Calif. He serves as Chair of the […]

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    Niels Hansen: Avoid Communication Drought During Dry Years

    Originally published: Wyoming Livestock Roundup  04/09/21 By Niels Hansen Like many of you, I received the dreaded, but expected, drought letter from the BLM or Forest Service not too long ago. Content of the letters vary from state to state, but all of the letters tell you the range conditions are dry and there may […]

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  • PLC Fosters Dialogue at Legislative Conference

    WASHINGTON (March 26, 2021) — This week, the Public Lands Council (PLC) convened a virtual legislative conference. Hosted virtually for the first time this year, the annual event gave attendees an opportunity to hear directly from Members of Congress, policy experts, scientists, and other industry professionals, and discuss solution-oriented partnerships. “Each year, the PLC Legislative […]

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  • Mark Roeber: Grazing as a solution in the climate conversation

    Originally published: Western Livestock Journal 03/05/2021 by Mark Roeber As the climate change conversation around the country ramps up, it seems like you can’t pick up a newspaper or go on the Internet without seeing it front and center. Historically, agriculture has been a target in this conversation. Instead of having a seat at the […]

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  • PLC Announces 2021 Legislative Conference

    WASHINGTON (Feb. 23, 2021) – The Public Lands Council (PLC) today announced their 2021 Legislative Conference is being held virtually March 23-25, 2021. This is the perfect opportunity for livestock producers to learn more about the federal policymaking process, with no cost to attend. Join PLC volunteer leaders, staff, and affiliates for legislative strategy sessions […]

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    Niels Hansen: The Seasons Change, The Mission Does Not

    Originally published at Wyoming Livestock Roundup. 10/10/2020 By Niels Hansen As we move through the changing of the seasons, we see everything around us preparing for winter. These changes have been going on forever and will continue regardless of what some people think. Everyone is moving forward with the fall work of moving the stock […]

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    Niels Hansen: Ranching by representation

    Originally published at AgriPulse. 01/29/21, 3:28 PM By Niels Hansen In the wake of one of the most challenging days America has ever seen and an election season that divided the country, I have been inundated with calls, texts, and posts from friends, neighbors, and colleagues. To say emotions are at an all-time high is […]

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  • PLC Debuts New Policy Committee Structure And Leadership

    WASHINGTON (Feb. 2, 2021) – The Public Lands Council (PLC) today announced a new policy committee structure for public lands ranchers to develop and shape policy. The announcement also includes identification of new Chairs and Vice Chairs who will be vital to advancing policy for public lands ranchers in Washington, D.C. “PLC has always been […]

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