The Public Lands Council (PLC) kicked off its annual meeting Wednesday in Deadwood, S.D. Nearly 100 members gathered to hear from public land management agencies, congressional representatives and industry leaders. Throughout the meeting, leaders in the organization and members will develop policies that will guide PLC in coming years.
"This is going to be a great meeting," said Dustin Van Liew, PLC executive director. "With the leadership and creativity of our executive committee, board, delegates and active membership, we will undoubtedly come away with inspiration for new innovative projects and approaches."
Members will discuss PLC's plan of action with regard to issues such as the federal wild horse program and documenting the socioeconomic importance of grazing on public lands. The PLC board of directors will also select projects for funding by the Public Lands Endowment Trust, a trust founded in 2011 to promote, protect and enhance the public lands grazing industry.
Today, attendees will hear updates from PLC's affiliates, including the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the Association of National Grasslands and state affiliates.
Attending the meeting for ASI are Montana sheep producers, Joe Helle and Larry Pilster, and Peter Orwick, ASI executive director. Also representing the sheep industry are Bonnie Brown, Colorado's state executive, Matt Mickel (Utah) and Skye Krebs (Ore.).