• PLC and Forest Service Sign MOU to Promote Grazing Allotment Cooperative Monitoring

    WASHINGTON (November 28, 2022) – Today, the Public Lands Council (PLC) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote cooperative monitoring of grazing allotments on National Forest System lands. The MOU will help public lands ranchers and local Forest Service officials cooperate to […]

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  • Rancher Profile: Tim Canterbury

    Tim Canterbury has five generations of family history that guide his approach on his Fremont County ranch. When the ranch first began in 1879, it was a cow/calf operation that sold cattle and beef to miners in Cripple Creek, Colorado, historically famous for its popularity among gold miners and views of the Rocky Mountains. Tim […]

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  • PLC Honors Awardees from WY and CA, Appoints New Officers at Close of Annual Meeting

    Cody, Wyo. (September 2, 2022) – Last week, during their 54th Annual Meeting, the Public Lands Council (PLC) honored two individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to responsible stewardship of public lands. In addition to their colossal bank of ecological knowledge, both honorees share an unwavering commitment to fostering productive relationships between grazing permittees and local […]

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  • BLM Recognizes Ranchers for Exemplary Stewardship at Public Lands Council Meeting

    Cody, Wyo. – Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recognized the outstanding contributions of two ranches with federal grazing permits for their work to manage, maintain, and restore the health of public rangelands across the West. For many years, BLM has announced the recipients of the Rangeland Stewardship Award and the Sagebrush-Steppe Award at […]

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  • Court Grants Agriculture Coalition Intervention in Gray Wolf Lawsuit

    WASHINGTON (August 25, 2022) – Yesterday, the Public Lands Council (PLC) and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and other agriculture coalition members commended a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit that will allow the coalition to intervene in the case Defenders of Wildlife v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and […]

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  • Rancher Profile: Matt McElligott

    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: 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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