County and Citizen Participation


Locally elected governments and elected officials have far ranging and important responsibilities to their constituents, described by state statutes as protecting their “health, safety and welfare.” That responsibility includes specifically interacting with federal agencies on all federal issues impacting the local community, county or conservation district. To give the locally elected government the strongest voice it can have during this “government-to-government” interaction, local governments should adopt “local land use plans” or “resource plans” to set local policy regarding the use and management of federal lands and the adoptions of federal policies, programs and other types of federal decision-making.

  1. Local Government Involvement
    1. Outline – Protecting Community Stability, List of Federal Rules
    2. Local Government Participation in Federal Agency Decisions
  2. Use of Citizen Rulemaking Petitions
    1. Press Release – Petitions for Solutions – March, 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • The Kansas Natural Resource Coalition

    This conference examines statutory requirements as the basis for effective engagement of federal agencies in land use planning and general negotiations. Participants will learn sound principals for local government acting as gatekeeper for local economies, agriculture, business, industry and properties.

    March 28, 2017 | United Wireless Arena in Dodge City, Kansas

    Speaker: Karen Budd-Falen

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  • AZ Strip Range Livestock Workshop

    Karen Budd-Falen will provide a presentation on County Resource Management Plans and how they are intended to work with the federal agencies during this conference, which will be held April 4, 2017 through April 5, 2017.

    April 4, 2017 | Hurricane, Utah and Orderville, Utah

    Speaker: Karen Budd-Falen

  • 2017 Women in Agriculture Conference

    Karen Budd-Falen is speaking at the Women in Agriculture Conference in Las Cruces, New Mexico in May 2017. She will be discussing topics related to legislation and litigation. Her daughter, Sarah Falen, will also be a special speaker on the topic of self-defense and the importance of personal safety.

    May 30, 2017 | Las Cruces, NV

    Speaker: Karen Budd-Falen

  • 2017 Energy & Natural Resources Section Summit

    2017 ENR Section Summit on June 8 and 9, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Casper, WY is co-hosted by the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) and Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies (CLERR). This event will include an afternoon of live CLE programming, including ethics, and dinner reception on June 8. There is a live streaming option for those who cannot attend in person. June 9 is a fully-guided fly fishing trip on the North Platte River for those who sign up (no fishing experience required).

    June 8, 2017 | Hilton Garden Inn, Casper Wyoming

    Speaker: Karen Budd-Falen


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