Public Lands Council (PLC) last week wrapped up its 2013 annual meeting in Deadwood, S.D. More than 100 ranchers with public lands grazing rights in states across the West gathered to discuss matters affecting their industry and to consider projects and policies that will guide the organization's future activities.
"Since 1968, PLC has been the voice in Washington, D.C., for ranchers who operate on public lands," said Brice Lee, PLC president and a Colorado cattle rancher. "Each year, leaders of our industry meet in order to set priorities and discuss strategies that will help PLC provide a stable business environment for our members. This is important work -- at stake is the health of the economies and landscapes of the West."
PLC's Executive Director Dustin Van Liew gave an update on the group's efforts promoting priority legislation such as the Grazing Improvement Act, fighting damaging new regulations and defending grazing in the courts.
Lee, who continues in the second year of his two-year term as PLC president, was joined in leading the meeting by PLC vice president and Idaho rancher, Brenda Richards, and PLC secretary/treasurer and Utah rancher, Dave Eliason.