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

  • Land Use Plan Workshop

    The Northwest Landowners Association (NWLA) will host a Land Use Plan Workshop in cooperation with the Budd-Falen Law Offices LLC on December 6, 2017 at the Grand Hotel in Minot, North Dakota. The workshop, which will be led by Karen Budd-Falen, is meant for county government officials. This workshop will walk you through the process of how to development a land use plan and the reasons to develop a land use plan. You may contact Amy Shelton for more information: northwestlandownersassociation@gmail.com.

    December 6, 2017 | Grand Hotel -- Minot, North Dakota

    Speaker: Karen Budd-Falen


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