“Ryan Zinke has an outstanding record of advocating for western communities and ranchers. We look forward to working with Secretary Zinke to restore common sense and balance on issues like public land management, conservation, and endangered species.” PLC President Dave Eliason says having an Interior Secretary who understands public lands and values cooperation with stakeholders is good for everyone. “ The secretary is from the west and understands the challenges of communities with a large federal footprint. We look forward to working with him to restore the role of local input in planning and review processes, fix laws like the Endangered Species Act, and protect grazing rights that are so vital to western economies,” Eliason said. Western ranchers own approximately 120 million acres of the most productive private land in the West and manage nearly 250 million acres of public land.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.