Public Lands Council Celebrates 50th Anniversary in Park City
October 5, 2018

The Public Lands Council wrapped up its Annual Meeting and 50th Anniversary Celebration Saturday in Park City, Utah, where it set policy priorities for the upcoming year, elected new officers, and celebrated the organization’s historic milestone. The four-day meeting attracted one of the highest numbers of attendees in the organization’s history, including federal lands ranchers, top leadership of western sheep and cattle associations, national affiliate associations, and top agency and congressional staff. Outgoing PLC president Dave Eliason said the meeting not only built on years of advocacy on behalf of public lands ranchers, but set out the priorities for the year ahead.

“To me, this past week was a testament to the next year ahead,” said Eliason. “The entire western sheep and cattle industry was well represented, bringing key voices together. Ranchers are eternal optimists, and that energy resonated throughout all of Park City – It’s this mindset and dedication that will take our organization far.”

PLC reviewed policy and issues facing the industry including efforts to modernize the Endangered Species Act, grazing regulations, and the National Environmental Policy Act.

Bob Skinner, a fifth-generation cow-calf producer from Oregon, was elected as the new PLC President during the annual meeting. Other elected leaders for PLC include Wyoming rancher Niels Hansen as Vice-President and Mark Rober as Secretary.

In addition to policy and leadership updates, the PLC recognized individuals who were instrumental in the PLC’s success. Jim Magagna received the President’s Award and Caroline Lobdell received the Friend of PLC Award, both being recognized for their exceptional contributions to the industry and the organization.

The annual meeting also provided an opportunity to explore public grazing land in Utah during a range tour Saturday, which visited the Osguthorpe ranch, Rowdy Fitzgerald’s allotment and John Blassard’s allotment.