NOTES FROM MEETINGS HELD WITH KNRC IN KANSAS -- MARCH 29-30, 2017
Taken by Donna Singer
Jim Carlson: KNRS Goal: Change America: The organization has accepted a vision to change America back to what it was supposed to be.
~~Congressional Research Act: Purpose is: Changing laws back to Real America.
Re-establish a government “of, by, and for the people. All people – not just the rich.
Power should flow from the bottom to the top---Not the Top to the bottom.
Yesterday an Executive Order was developed to get rid of the E.P.A. Environmentalists no longer have power or authority. We need to be gate keepers. We have to do the work to make positive changes. (He is the one who encouraged us to write to those 29 DOI people)
Trent Loose: Linger on language we use to communicate!
Take information home and communicate with local people in a way they understand. Current Executive Orders are creating a great opportunity to change and make changes. We must be engaged to make a Difference.
We need to develop and support a Representative Republic that depends on local input: individual input, County and State Input.
Karen Budd-Falen: Develop a guide for Local Influence on Federal Decisions (applause) Karen worked on Transition Team on Trump’s election with Transition as a Motto. We need to push on all levels of Federal administration
Don’t go Home and Do Nothing Write to the 29 Dept. of Interior people e-mailed this week)
Local governments will have significant influence on Change.
Local governments must be ready and DOING something
Look at: Agencies, Manuals, Handbooks: Review and make changes. Use Task Lists
Main Statutes To Become very familiar with:
National Environmental Act – Statutory Authority and Federal Land Agency
Consistency Review: If local government has a land issue policy, Federal Agency MUST reconcile any inconsistencies. Caveat: Local government can’t violate Federal law. But otherwise, local laws take precedence.
1. VISION: Local Environment and Culture and economy
a. Define the local Environment
b. Determine what you want to see in local environment
c. Resource utilization
d. Management Plans
2. CUSTOM AND CULTURE = Who We Are
a. Local people and local Government processes
b. Examine Jobs, Recreation, Shopping, Hunting, etc. that is important
and common to area.
c. Determine local tax base: Forecast impact on tax base by local
d. Introduce policies based on Data. Reconcile County and state policies
e. Demand legal rights to consistency and results: Environmental, Cultural, and Land use policies with Accurate Descriptions and Consistency Reviews
MEET WITH FEDERAL AGENCIES CONSISTENTLY
--Come up with ways that will work for local people and meet federal and state policies.
COORDINATION PROCESS: Using relationships with other entities that would be impacted. How can each organization provide input and support? Solve the problem locally.
Cooperating Agency = The Local government!! Charged with protecting local people and communities. Coordination of tools of each Government / Public/Private Entity
God gives Us Rights
Constitution was set up to keep the government from taking People’s Rights. It binds all Federal agencies. Currently, Federal Agencies can do anything that is not prohibited by law. It should be individuals can do anything. Ask “What statutes supports what a government agency is doing..”
Intent of the Bill of Rights : To Protect the individual and their private property and their individual Rights. This is our Chance to Make It Right----If we don’t Take Action, We will lose the Chance. Develop a Local Work Plan. If funding for the plan comes from the Federal or State Government, the plan must follow Environmental Policies.
FEMA: Define Custom and Culture:
History of the Area
· WHAT DO THE LOCAL PEOPLE DO
· Description of the local people over time
· Current Use of land by local people
· Benefits to the land by the rotation of utilization and cattle rotation, minimizing fire hazards with rotation of grazing, and Sacred use of herbs, berries, and firewood by generations of Native people.
· How will this be affected by federal regulation or action?
Federal agencies have hi-jacked “environment” in many areas with National Monuments using Environmental Impact as a threat. But desecration has increased in these designated areas significantly .
If a local/County Sheriff is elected by the people, this individual has number one authority over Federal agents in Counties. Check Old Records How will this affect Federal Agency policy? Currently, FLIPMA seeks to control land use to try to strip out local control.