Federal and State Lands


Federal and State lands issues are the backbone of Budd-Falen Law Offices. For over 20 years we have been providing legal services to ranchers, farmers, and rural landowners concerned with their interaction with federal and state lands.

Our experience covers all aspects of the federal/private land intersection: federal and state term grazing permit applications, rangeland regulation reform, term grazing permit surcharge fees, grazing categorical exclusions. As well, we provide our clients with exceptional knowledge of the federal administrative appeal process, especially before the Bureau of Land Management and the United States Forest Service concerning term grazing permits.

In addition, we help landowners maneuver through the federal rights-of-way statutes which provide private landowners access to their properties across federal lands.

  1. Term Grazing Permit Renewal
    1. Congressional Testimony Regarding Grazing on National Forest Land by Karen Budd-Falen- April, 1997
    2. BLM Categorical Exclusion Instruction Memo Settlement – September, 2009
    3. Memorandum to Legislative Staff Regarding Proposed Revisions to Grazing Hearings and Appeals Procedures before the BLM and USFS – January, 2011
    4. Letter to Legislative Staff Regarding Renewal of BLM Term Grazing Permits with a Categorical Exclusion – February, 2011
    5. Level the Playing Field: Support the Grazing Improvement Act of 2011 – May, 2011
  2. Grazing Fee Surcharge
    1. BLM Grazing Fee Surcharge – October, 2010
  3. Federal Administrative Appeal Process
    1. BLM Administrative Appeals Flow Chart
    2. Memorandum to Legislative Staff Regarding Proposed Revisions to Grazing Hearings and Appeals Procedures before the BLM and USFS – January, 2011
    3. Level the Playing Field: Support the Grazing Improvement Act of 2011 – May, 2011
  4. National Monuments and Antiquities Act
    1. Double National Monuments – April, 2010
    2. Memorandum Regarding National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) – February, 2011
  5. County Road Right-of-Way on Federal Lands – RS2477
  6. Ditch Rights-of-Way on Federal Lands – 1866 and 1891 Act
    1. Comparison of Ditch Rights-of-Way Statutes
  7. Freedom of Information Act – FOIA
    1. Sample Freedom of Information Act Request
  8. Escrow Waiver
    1. Judge Protects Rancher’s Privacy Interests – January, 2001

Speaking Engagements

  • 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.

    June 1, 2017 | New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum- Las Cruces, NM

    Speaker: Karen Budd-Falen

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  • 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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