On Wednesday, May 18, 2011 leadership of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), American Sheep Industry (ASI), Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS), Ecological Society of America (ESA), Public Lands Council (PLC) and Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) joined the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable (SRR) to hold the first Sustainable Rangeland Issues Forum. The House Committee on Agriculture hosted the event in their Hearing Room, Longworth 1300, and we began with a continental breakfast sponsored by GLCI.
Forty agency representatives and congressional staffers participated in the issues forum. Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Dave White presented Opening Remarks to set the context for subsequent presentations. Emerging rangeland issues highlighted during the session included: