In 2009, Karen Budd-Falen began researching how national environmental groups were taking advantage of fee shifting provisions contained within some of the most prominent federal environmental regulations. What she found was shocking!
At the most basic level, fee shifting provisions provide compensation for citizens who bring litigation against the federal government to enforce the federal laws. This concept provides for a “checks-and-balances” of the federal government by private citizens, and diminishes the worry of those citizens that they cannot afford to bring a lawsuit. While the premise of fee shifting statutes is admirable, some national environmental groups have severely taken advantage of the system – in some cases, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars for lawsuits that enforce procedures, and don’t protect the environment.
Thus, Ms. Budd-Falen has brought to light this controversy, presenting her findings at various conferences and through various media outlets – including radio, newspaper, and webcasts – throughout the West.
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Land Use Plan Workshop
Land Use Plan Workshop: Substantive Participation by Local Governments in Federal Agency Decision Making/Template for Local Land Use Plan - Hosted by the Niobrara Soil and Water Conservation District
January 23, 2018 | Lusk, WY
Speaker: Karen Budd-Falen
Topic: Public/Private Land Challenges
Karen Budd-Falen to Speak at the Society of Range Management's 2018 Annual Meeting/Plenary Session: Topic: Public/Private Land Challenges
January 29, 2018 | Sparks, NV
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