MONTANA PUBLIC LANDS COUNCIL

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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.

Our Mission

The main responsibility of the Montana Public Lands Council is to develop and coordinate unified policy positions and pursue legislative and regulatory actions that most effectively represent Montana public lands grazing users. The Montana Public Lands Council is a leading state organization in monitoring, initiating and coordinating actions on priority public lands issues in the state.

The Montana Public Lands Council also works closely with the National Public Lands Council in Washington, D.C., on a number of national issues affecting federal lands grazing.

National Public Lands Council

Public Lands Council Public Lands Council strives to maintain a stable business environment for ranchers with public lands grazing permits, who are the caretakers of the range, the economic drivers of rural western communities, and providers of food and fiber for the nation.

2021 MPLC LEADERSHIP

Chairman: Vicki Olson, Malta
Vice Chair: Craig Iverson, Winnett
Secretary/Treasurer: Raylee Honeycutt, Helena

Board of Directors:

Heath Martinell, Dell
Jack McRae, Jordan
Jacob Smith, Glen
Llane Carroll, Ekalaka
Skip Ahlgren, Winnett
Tom Sparks, Plevna
Travis Brown, Sand Springs
Warren Lybeck, Chinook
Richard Stuker (Grass Commission)

National Public Lands Delegate:
Vicki Olson, Malta

2021 MPLC LEADERSHIP

Chairman: Vicki Olson, Malta
Vice Chair: Craig Iverson, Winnett
Secretary/Treasurer: Raylee Honeycutt, Helena

Board of Directors:

Heath Martinell, Dell
Jack McRae, Jordan
Jacob Smith, Glen
Llane Carroll, Ekalaka
Skip Ahlgren, Winnett
Tom Sparks, Plevna
Travis Brown, Sand Springs
Warren Lybeck, Chinook
Richard Stuker (Grass Commission)

National Public Lands Delegate:
Vicki Olson, Malta

MPLC Receives Film Grant to Tell the Story of Public Lands Grazing

The Montana Public Lands Council was recently awarded a $25,000 Big Sky Film Grant to produce a documentary on public land grazing. The short-form film, which will run five to six minutes, will take a closer look into the story of the American West and the important role public lands play. Of the $1.5 million awarded through the Montana Film Office, MPLC was one of 17 short-form films that received grant funding.

MPLC would like to thank the Montana Film Office and the Big Sky Film Grant committee for recognizing the importance of this story. This year’s Big Sky Film Grant round broke all submission records. The Montana Film Office received 77 applications, with estimated overall combined grant requests of $13 million. Look for more information from MPLC regarding this film in the fall of 2022.

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PUBLIC LANDS COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING

$275 Early Bird Registration (Ends June 15, 2022): 

Includes attendance to all meetings over the three-day period in Cody. From general sessions to our final banquet at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, you will receive full access to all the week’s offerings.

$100 Virtual Registration:

Receive a link to livestream each day’s general sessions and BLM Awards Luncheon on August 25th. Committee meetings and the general business meeting will not be live-streamed.   

$135 In-Person Student Registration:

Currently a student and want to join us in Cody? We would love to have you! Our normal rate will be discounted when you use your student (.edu) email at registration with code STUDENTPLC.  

$50 Virtual Student Registration:

Enjoy half-priced virtual registration when you use your student (.edu) email to register and code VSTUDENTPLC.

$195 In-Person Media Registration: 

For our media personnel, please enjoy a discounted rate for your coverage of our time in Cody with code MEDIAPLC 

$75/Day Ticket: 

Coming with an attendee but don’t want to sit through the meetings? PLC is offering $75/day option to enjoy each day’s food offerings (breakfast, lunch, dinner, & two drink tickets).  

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MPLC NEWS

MASGD Seeks Historic Photos and Documents Telling the Story of Montana Grazing Districts

HELENA, Mont. (September 29, 2022) – The Montana Association of State Grazing Districts (MASGD) is seeking historic photos or documents from ranchers that tell the more than 80 year story of Montana grazing districts. MASGD has recently launched a preservation project after being awarded a grant from the Montana History Foundation (MHF) and the Montana …
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MSGA and MPLC Join Coalition Letters to Oppose ESA Introduction Outside Historical Range

HELENA, Mont. (August 8, 2022) – The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) and the Montana Public Lands Council (MPLC) shared their members’ concerns regarding the Endangered Species Act 10(j) proposed rule change by submitting comments this week. The current 10(j) regulations relating to experimental populations restrict the introduction of an experimental population to only the species’ …
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Montana Public Lands Council Says BLM Has Failed To Protect The Land In APR Grazing Allotment Decision

HELENA, Mont. (July 29, 2022) – Today, Montana Public Lands Council (MPLC) Chair, Vicki Olson, issued the following statement regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final decision for the American Prairie change for bison on seven grazing allotments:  “As the state’s largest organization representing individuals who graze on public lands, the final decision issued …
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Montana Association of State Grazing Districts Elects New Leadership

HELENA, Mont. (May 17, 2022) – The Montana Association of State Grazing Districts (MASGD) conducted its Annual Meeting on May 16 in Lewistown, Montana. Along with the association’s annual business meeting, a new president and vice president were elected to lead the organization. Kevin Elias, of Chinook, was elected by the membership to the role …
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MPLC Receives Film Grant to Tell the Story of Public Lands Grazing

The Montana Public Lands Council was recently awarded a $25,000 Big Sky Film Grant to produce a documentary on public land grazing. The short-form film, which will run five to six minutes, will take a closer look into the story of the American West and the important role public lands play. Of the $1.5 million …
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Montana Public Lands Council Disappointed in APR Grazing Allotment Decision

HELENA, Mont. (March 30, 2022) – The Montana Public Lands Council (MPLC) shared its disappointment today as the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Malta Office issued its proposed decision regarding the American Prairie Reserve Change-of-Use. “As the state’s largest organization representing individuals who graze on public lands, our members are very familiar with the permit …
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