The meeting brought together industry leaders who traveled from across the eastern portion of Montana to participate in the event. Attendees heard from officials from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Montana Stockgrowers Association, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission, and the Montana Natural Resource Coalition. A virtual update from Washington D.C. was provided by the Public Lands Council.
“It is always great to have members come together as part of our grassroots organization,” said Raylee Honeycutt, executive staff of the MASGD. “This is a great opportunity for ranchers to connect to discuss the unique challenges we face.”
“This year however, we have seen some incredible advancements and monumental changes for the ranching community and for our members, specifically with the modernization of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA),” said Honeycutt. “The modernization improves management of NEPA processes and establishes presumptive time limits, page limits and better processes to resolve disputes to avoid delays. We have always advocated that renewal of term grazing permits, installation of basic range improvements, and other items related to routine administration of an allotment are not major Federal actions. Overall, we are very happy with the outcome of this finalized rule.”
The MASGD membership also held elections for the upcoming year. Larry “Skip” Ahlgren of Winnett moved into a two-year term of President. Llane Carroll of Ekalaka was elected to serve as Vice President. Deanna Robbins of Roy was elected as South Region Director and Kevin Elias of Chinook and Richard Morgan of Belle Fourche, South Dakota were re-elected as directors for the North and South Districts, respectively. Warren Lybeck of Chinook will move into the position of Past President for two years.
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