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Public Lands Council at Spring Legislative Conference in DC this Week

March 24, 2010

[Source: CattleNetwork]

Public Lands Council (PLC)** members representing 11 western states were in Washington, DC this week for the annual legislative fly-in. During the two-day conference, members met with agency and congressional representatives to discuss legislative and regulatory issues affecting public lands ranchers, including: sage grouse and wild horse and burro management; Equal Access to Justice Act reform; Forest Service land management; and death tax relief.

“Our legislative conference is an important opportunity for us to meet with lawmakers and help put a face on America’s ranchers,” said Skye Krebs, PLC President and rancher from Ione, Oregon. “Our ranchers work day-in and day-out to feed the world and take care of the land. We can’t do this without sound public policies that promote a stable business climate for producers and the conservation of our Western resources and heritage.”

The conference kicked off on Monday with briefings by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey and Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Dave White. Later that day, the group headed to Capitol Hill to attend a joint-meeting with Arizona Senators John Kyl and John McCain.

On Tuesday, representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Forest Service and BLM joined the group for a discussion on the Endangered Species Act and other range-management issues.

Also during the conference, PLC members met with a number of congressional representatives from their respective states, including: Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) and Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR), Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

**The Public Lands Council (PLC) has represented livestock ranchers who use public lands since 1968, preserving the natural resources and unique heritage of the West. Public land ranchers own nearly 120 million acres of the most productive private land and manage vast areas of public land, accounting for critical wildlife habitat and the nation’s natural resources. PLC works to maintain a stable business environment in which livestock producers can conserve the West and feed the nation and world.

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