Congress Hears Testimony on Regulatory Burdens

Lizzy Schultz

Two beef industry representatives testified before multiple U.S. House of Representatives committees regarding the need to alleviate the regulatory burden faced by ranchers working on public lands. Arizona rancher David Cook gave his testimony on the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) and the Wilderness Act before the U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and Darcy …

Livestock Industry Calls for Relief from EPA’s Regulations

Jamie Johansen

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) filed comments to the EPA calling for immediate action on several regulations the agency put forward under previous Administrations. The groups said that the regulations, “inhibit job creation, are ineffective, are unnecessary, or impose costs that exceed the environmental benefits. Often, these regulations impose federal requirements on cattle …

Livestock Spotlights Use of Grazing to Prevent Wildfires

Jamie Johansen

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) kicked off a media and advertising campaign that will shine a spotlight on how grazing on public lands helps to mitigate the risk of catastrophic wildfires. The campaign will be centered around a new website, GrazingPreventsWildfires.com, and will run through May. “Coming off the wet winter we had …

Trump Begins Efforts to Rein in the Antiquities Act

Lizzy Schultz

The Public Lands Council and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association have applauded the executive order signed today that calls for a review of designations made under the Antiquities Act by previous presidents. Dave Eliason, PLC president, said while the Act was intended to preserve Native American artifacts and areas of historical importance, Presidents have instead used the Act to bypass …

President Signs Resolution to Repeal BLM Planning 2.0

Jamie Johansen

The Public Lands Council (PLC) reports that President Trump has signed a congressional resolution directing the Bureau of Land Management to repeal their Planning 2.0 Rule. Ethan Lane, executive director of PLC and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) federal lands, applauded the action and called it a significant victory for western ranchers. “BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule would have caused a …

Rolling Back BLM Rule: “Strike Two for 2.0”

Jamie Johansen

The Public Lands Council (PLC) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) hail Senate passage of the resolution to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Planning 2.0 Rule. “This is Strike Two for 2.0. Streamlining is needed in the planning process, but not at the expense of input from local communities and permittees or elimination of economic analysis requirements,” …

Livestock Supports Legislation on BLM Planning Rule

Jamie Johansen

The Public Lands Council (PLC) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) applaud the introduction of concurrent resolutions in both the Senate and House disapproving the Bureau of Land Management’s Planning 2.0 rule finalized last December and urge Congress to pass these resolutions without delay. The resolutions, introduced by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Rep. …

NCBA, PLC Praise Effort to Curb Abuse of Antiquities Act

Jamie Johansen

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud the introduction of the Improved National Monument Designation Process Act, championed by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The bill, which has 25 co-sponsors, would require congressional and state approval for the designation of any new monument. “Executive branch abuse of the Antiquities Act has moved …

Livestock Groups Send Priorities to Trump Admin

Lizzy Schultz

Industry groups, including the Public Lands Council (PLC), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), and the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) have issued federal land management priorities for the incoming administration with the hope to bring responsible management and economic viability back to the Western landscape. “Ranchers and other multiple-use interests in the West have been subjected to an almost …

President Claims More Acres Through Antiquities Act

Jamie Johansen

The Public Lands Council (PLC) reports that the Obama administration on Tuesday declared two new monument designations – 1.35 million acres at Bears Ears in Utah and 350,000 acres at Gold Butte in Nevada. Both designations were made unilaterally and despite overwhelming local opposition. PLC President and Utah rancher Dave Eliason criticized the outgoing administration for both their disregard for …