PLC Fly-In Addresses Industry Issues
April 13, 2018

Western cattle and sheep producers gathered in Washington, D.C., this week for the 2018 Public Lands Council Legislative Conference. Conference attendees received updates on public lands ranching policy and provided insight and direction for current and future legislation impacting the industry. The American Sheep Industry Association is a PLC member.

“Congress and the administration are debating issues that have serious impacts on public lands ranching,” said Dave Eliason, a Utah public lands rancher and president of PLC. “Now is the time for our industry to speak up. This week provided a platform for public lands ranchers to engage with key policymakers in Washington to communicate the needs of our industry.”

Conference attendees were briefed by lawmakers and agency personnel on a range of topics, including the need for more reforms to the NEPA process, Land Use Plan Amendments for the Greater Sage Grouse, Endangered Species Act modernization, and other onerous environmental regulations.

“The important role that grazing plays in responsible land management was reiterated by many key leaders, and the benefits of livestock on federal lands was also highlighted. Our industry has challenges ahead, but it is uplifting to know we have leadership in Congress and throughout governmental agencies that see the value in public lands ranching,” Eliason said.

Many attendees spent the remainder of the week speaking with their congressional representatives about key issues directly impacting the ranching industry.

For more on PLC’s week in Washington, D.C., tune into this week’s Sheepcast. It’s available at