Public Lands Council

Since 1968, the Public Lands Council (PLC) has actively represented the cattle and sheep producers who hold public lands grazing permits. The PLC advocates for these western ranchers who preserve our nation’s natural resources while providing vital food and fiber to the nation and the world.

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Since the earliest settlement of the West, and particularly Montana, ranchers have been the caretakers and stewards of open, federal rangeland. This arrangement has been a mutually beneficial one – lessees of federal lands are responsible, environmentally-conscious land managers in partnership with the federal government. In turn, these lands, in combination with private lands, help to create many viable ranching operations for rural families, contributing to local economies and the western way of life

PLC WORKS TO SUPPORT AND MAINTAIN LIVESTOCK GRAZING ON PUBLIC LANDS BY ADVOCATING FOR AND EDUCATING DECISION MAKERS OF THE MANY VALUES LIVESTOCK GRAZING CONTRIBUTES TO OUR NATURAL RESOURCES AND TO THE PUBLIC..