Environmental Law


Natural resources and environmental law goes hand in hand with federal and state lands in the West, and the Budd-Falen Law Offices provides its clients with over 20 years of experience concerning the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act in the West.

  1. Endangered Species Act
    1. Impact of the Endangered Species Act – November, 1998
    2. Effect of ESA on Agriculture – Grizzly Bear and Gray Wolf-2006
    3. Global Warming, Who Really Decides if it Exists-September, 2008
    4. ESA Section 7 Consultation Flow Chart
    5. Sample Request for Participation in ESA Section 7 Consultation
    6. Foreign and Domestic Train Wreck in the Making – January, 2011
    7. Debt for Nature – Financing American Endangered Species on Foreign Soil – February, 2011
    8. Priority Recommendations for Endangered Species Act submitted to U.S. House Natural Resources Committee by Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association – March, 2012
  2. National Environmental Policy Act
    1. Congressional Testimony of Karen Budd-Falen on NEPA, Is Everything a Major Federal Action, Significantly Effecting the Environment?
    2. To What Extent do Environmental Organizations Attempt to Use NEPA to Reduce or Eliminate the Use of Natural Resources on Public Lands and Obtain Costs and Attorneys Fees Pursuant to EAJA?
    3. Sample Request for Joint Lead or Cooperating Agency Status
  3. Clean Water Act
    1. Montana v. Wyoming and North Dakota – U.S. Supreme Court to hear Yellowstone Compact Cas – October, 2008
  4. Other Federal and State Environmental Acts
    1. Sustaining Working Landscapes – September, 2003
    2. Sample Request for Completion of a Takings Implications Assessment

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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