Public Lands Council cooperating withrecreation groups on public land access

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Apr 2, 2007
by WLJ
Representatives from the livestock industry and several motorized recreation organizations met to discuss mutual goals for use of public lands. Attendees of the meeting agreed to form the Partnership for Livestock and Motorized Recreation on Public Lands, a group that will work “to ensure that motorized recreation and livestock production on public lands exist in a mutually compatible and beneficial manner.”

The meeting was hosted by the Public Lands Council and the Blue Ribbon Coalition. Representatives from the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, National Association of Counties, Western Governors’ Association, Tread Lightly!, Americans for Responsible Recreational Access, Colorado Resource Advisory Councils, American Sheep Industry Association, Western States Sheriff’s Association, Colorado Cattlemen, American Farm Bureau Federation, Stewards of the Sequoia, and National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council were in attendance to advise the partnership.

The partnership will continue to work cooperatively with stakeholder groups and agencies to implement education efforts, promote multiple use awareness, and facilitate communication between the various organizations. The partnership agreed to continue expanding its membership with stakeholders from motorized recreation, the livestock industries and like-minded advocacy groups.

Jack Welch, president of the Blue Ribbon Coalition, described the new partnership as a “huge step toward improving our relationships on public lands with our partners.”

Brenda Richards, a rancher from Reynolds Creek, ID, said of the partnership meeting, “This group is very supportive of multiple uses on public lands. We look forward to working together to protect public lands resources into the future.”

The common goals of reducing conflict and promoting more successful resource management on public lands are important to all stakeholders in the partnership. The partnership working committee is developing educational messages and communication strategies. Stakeholders will continue to meet in the future and further develop partnership efforts.