Utah Rancher Takes Reins of Public Lands Council

September 16, 2016

This year's annual Public Lands Council meeting, which was held Sept. 8-10 in Boise, Idaho, focused on top issues for public lands ranchers including preserving and enhancing sage grouse habitat through land stewardship, managing wild horse and burro populations at appropriate levels and fighting regulation that threatens multiple use and vibrant western communities. Also on the agenda were the need for modernization of the Endangered Species Act, invasive species, wildfire management and water rights issues.

At the business meeting, Dave Eliason, a fourth-generation rancher from Utah, was elected to serve the two-year term as PLC president. Bob Skinner of Jordan Valley, Ore., was elected to serve as vice president and Niels Hansen of Rawlins, Wyo., is the new secretary/treasurer.

Eliason is a fourth-generation cattle rancher from Utah who, with his wife and five children, run cattle in Idaho and Utah on private and public lands.

"Ranching in the west and ensuring we pass our operation on to the next generation stronger than we found it is my top priority as I look to lead PLC over these next two years," said Eliason. "I look forward to working with our board, our members and affiliates to achieve the goals our members set out at the annual meeting."