The National Public Lands Council spelled out its priorities to U.S. Department of Agriculture and Interior officials this week.

Topping the list was endangered-species issues, the National Environmental Policy Act, rangeland standards and guidelines and applicant status for grazing permittees.

"PLC compiled a list of over 20 issues affecting the 13 PLC member states," PLC Executive Director Jason Campbell said. "These issues were voted as the most urgent areas on which to currently concentrate our efforts."

The PLC is currently meeting with government officials to discuss cooperative steps that PLC and the agencies could take to best maximize progress in the areas of concern to PLC members and state affiliates.

"We are excited to be working with an administration that clearly recognizes the interests of Western public land ranchers," Campbell said. "We look forward to developing cooperative opportunities for improved science-based land management."

Current PLC member states include Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

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