Public Lands Council holds annual meeting

Public Lands Council holds annual meeting

Western ranchers last week gathered in Cody, Wyo., for the 2015 Public Lands Council annual meeting.

As the only organization in Washington D.C. solely dedicated to representing livestock ranchers who utilize public lands, the Public Land Council's annual meeting focused on legislative and regulatory updates. This year's meeting has a schedule full of top-notch speakers covering a wide range of topics.

Brenda Richards, PLC president, said ranchers in the West have had some great wins over the past year, including the passage of key provisions of the Grazing Improvement Act.

"Annual meeting is an important event as we come together to discuss some of the hot-button issues going on in the industry and develop policy priorities," Richards said.

Western ranchers last week gathered in Cody, Wyo., for the 2015 Public Lands Council annual meeting.

The sessions started Sept. 10 and covered a range of topics including the Endangered Species Act, invasive species, wildfire management, water rights issues, sage grouse, and management of wild horses.

Speakers from the Western Governors Association, Western Resources Legal Center, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service as well as industry representatives joined the meeting.

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"As has been the case in recent years, there continues to be no shortage of issues to discuss this year, and it's important for ranchers to engage in the conversation that shape national policy decisions," added Richards.

"With many of the best and brightest minds in the public lands policy and management business here, it is set to be a beneficial and informative meeting."

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