Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Montana artist captures the heritage of public lands ranching

Since 1968, the Public Lands Council (PLC) has represented the more than 22,000 cattle and sheep producers who hold public lands grazing permits across the nation. To commemorate the organization’s 50th Anniversary, the group enlisted a Montana artist to capture the spirit and heritage of the West. The group commissioned artist Steven Oiestad to create a piece of artwork to showcase their 50 years of advocacy. Oiestad, who calls Fort Shaw home, knew he was up to the task to pay tribute to the nation’s ranchers. “Having grown up on a ranch near Big Timber, I can appreciate the landscape as well as the cowboys and ranchers that work it,” said Oiestad. “That’s my inspiration. I admire what they do as far as taking care of the land. I understand that ranchers take better care of the land than most people.” For the PLC, it was important to choose an artist with ties to the west who also understood ranching...MORE

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