Northern Ag Network
Northern Ag Network
Northern Broadcasting System    Northern News Network    Northern Sports Network
Search This Site...
Search This Site...
Montana Artist Captures the Heritage of Public Lands Ranching

Montana Artist Captures the Heritage of Public Lands Ranching

9/6/2018 7:58:00 AM/Categories: Popular Posts, General News, Today's Top 5, People in Ag, Livestock

Since 1968, the Public Lands Council (PLC) has represented the more than twenty-two thousand cattle and sheep producers who hold public lands grazing permits across the nation. To commemorate the organizations 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 fifty 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 that also understands ranching. 

“We wanted a custom commemorative painting which featured cattle and sheep,” said Allie Nelson, PLC Manager of Operations and Affiliate Outreach. “Both cattle and sheep graze on public lands. We wanted to feature the heritage and culture of western ranching. Who better to partner with than Steven Oiestad out of Fort Shaw.”

The creative inspiration for the oil pastel painting came from across the Big Sky State.

“I look for a beautiful background,” said Oiestad. “The ranch that is in the background of the painting is down by Red Lodge. The painting is a compilation of four or five different things. The dog came from one picture. The horse and rider came from another. The background of the mountains, everything comes from different places in the state.”

For Great Falls native and PLC employee Allie Nelson, having a Montana connection in producing the artwork was a way to support other Montana businesses.

“We also partnered with Advanced Litho Printing out of Great Falls to do all our printing,” said Nelson. “We wanted it to be produced in Great Falls, so Steven could go into the print shop and check out the proof and make sure the colors and specs are exactly what he loves. This is one thing we are so excited for in celebrating our fiftieth anniversary. This is truly a priceless piece, and we are so excited to give these to  registrants as a thank you for celebrating our public lands ranching heritage.”

The Public Land Councils 50th Annual meeting will be held September 26th-29th in Park City, Utah. Artist Steven Oiestad is looking forward to attending the event and mingling with ranchers from across the nation.

“It’s something I'm really looking forward to,” said Oiestad.  “ I’m looking forward to meeting all the PLC members which should be exciting for me. It could be a great opportunity to create contacts for future work which would be great!”

For more on the commemorative artwork and ranchers interested in attending the 50th Anniversary meeting. Visit the Public Lands Council you can visit the

Lane Nordlund Montana Ag Network 


1 comments on article "Montana Artist Captures the Heritage of Public Lands Ranching"


Dave McEwen

9/7/2018 2:56 PM

I would like one of these pictures to go with the presentation to Real Montana later in September. The subject of my presentation is grazing public Lands. Can you help me out.

Nice story lane.

Dave McEwen

Leave a comment

Add comment


Recent Ag News

Regulating Lab-Based Products

11/16/2018 4:16:00 PM

USDA, FDA Heads Announce Joint Regulatory Oversight of Cell-Cultured Proteins

>> Read More
Article rating: No rating

Cattlemen, Sheep Producers Urge Senate Action After House Passes Manage our Wolves Act

11/16/2018 9:55:00 AM
The Public Lands Council (PLC), National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), and American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) praised the passage of H.R. 6784, the Manage our Wolves Act. >> Read More
Article rating: No rating

CHS Foundation Announces $1.5 Million Gift to Support SDSU Precision Agriculture Program

11/16/2018 5:36:00 AM
The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., announced today a $1.5 million grant to support the South Dakota State University precision agriculture program and construction of the new Raven Precision Agriculture Center on campus. >> Read More
Article rating: No rating

Farmers Planting More Pulse Crops Despite Market Challenges

11/15/2018 8:01:00 PM
With harvest in the books for another year, this week pulse growers met in Billings for Montana Pulse Day hosted by the Northern Pulse Growers Association. And despite a collapse in market prices brought on mainly by trade disputes with China and India, farmers are still interested in raising pulse crops. >> Read More
Article rating: No rating

Broadwater FFA is Going Places

11/15/2018 3:38:00 PM

From National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana to halfway across the world, Broadwater FFA has success in Livestock Judging.

>> Read More
Article rating: No rating

Find Articles by Date

«November 2018»