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KNRC Conference: Bringing Decision-Making Home

Bringing Decision-Making Home

Conference and Panel Discussion



Tuesday, March 28th through Thursday morning March 30th, 2017

United Wireless Arena & Conference Center

4000 Comanche St., Dodge City, Kansas


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.

Who Should Attend:

Commissioners, legislators, land-use attorneys, agriculture and business interests, industry and agency personnel will all benefit from the presentations.

Registration Fees

  • KNRC (2017) Members - $120/person
  • Non-Members Early Bird (before March 10th) - $120/person
  • Non-Members (after March 10th) - $145/person
  • At-the-Door Registration - $160/person
  • Sitting Legislators – No Charge before March 10th; after $60/person
  • Fees Include Evening Reception, Conference & Wednesday Lunch



  • Attendance is capped at 160 participants; prompt reservation and payment is recommended
  • Four slots will be held for Legislators until March 10th.
  • Please call (360) 379-8914 or (620) 260-9169 for reservations; reservations for which payment has not been received by March 17th will not be held.
  • Please make payments to KNRC:

    C/O Logan County Kansas Clerk, 710 West 2nd Street, Oakley, KS 67748-1233

  • No refunds after March 17th.



  • KNRC has reserved a block of 47 rooms at the Hampton Inn & Suites, located at the United Wireless Arena & Conference Center Complex. The first come, first served rate is:
  • 2 Queen Beds - $99
  • King Studio - $109
  • The cut-off date for the Room Block is March 12, 2017.
  • Hotel Reservations at the Hampton Inn can be made calling (620) 225-0000


Harriet M. Hageman – Hageman Law, PC

Harriet Hageman is a trial attorney who has litigated multiple natural resource, water, and administrative law matters, including Nebraska v. Wyoming, federal “roadless” rules, T&E species issues, challenges to state “open range” laws, problems with Clean Water Act and USACE overreach, and administrative grazing decisions against BLM.

Karen Budd-Falen – Budd-Falen Law Offices, LLC

Karen Budd-Falen is a house-name litigator with an extensive record in representing ranching, farming and local-governmental interests in natural resources, property rights and land use issues on public land.

A fifth generation rancher raised near Big Piney, Wyoming, Karen received her undergraduate and JD degrees from the University of Wyoming before working for Mountain States Legal Foundation, serving in the Reagan Dept. of the Interior, and the Board of Directors of the Wyoming Natural Resources Foundation.

Karen has testified before Congress on a variety of natural resource, land use and environmental topics, received multiple awards and recognitions, and has been appointed by the Governor of Wyoming to serve as Commissioner on the Wyoming Water Development Commission.

Elaine Willman, MPA

Elaine Willman is a researcher, author, and natural resource policy specialist with expertise in Indian land use policy and economics. A descendant of Sacajawea and of Cherokee ancestry, she has lived over three decades on Indian reservations in the Midwestern and western United States.

Her books, Going to Pieces…the dismantling of the United States of America and Slumbering Thunder – a primer for confronting the spread of federal Indian policy and tribalism overwhelming America, illuminate the significant conflicts unfolding between native Americans and state, county and local governments.

Angus McIntosh – RAO Association; Researcher

Dr. McIntosh is a sought-after range-management conservationist, economist, and property, water and split-estate historian. He conducts seminars on range allotment rights, and is an admitted expert in federal courts on water rights, grazing allotments and on the impact of federal agency decisions on ranching operations.

Jonathan Wood – Pacific Legal Foundation

Jonathan Wood is a staff attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation. He was the lead attorney responsible for the favorable, landmark, commerce clause decision by Federal District Court in the Utah prairie dog/USFWS case. Mr. Wood also litigated the Andy Johnson case, a high-profile, Clean Water Act jurisdictional case against EPA.

Trent Loos – Radio Talk Show Host

Trent’s dream of being a farmer and an “agricultural activist” was realized in January, 2001 when the talk show “Loos Tales” was aired in Missouri. Today, Trent delights audiences of over 3 million listeners on 100 radio stations in 19 states with talk shows such as “Loos Tales,” ”Rural Route,” “Illinois Truth Be Told,” “Dakota Trails and Tales” and “Colorado Trails and Tales.”

Martha Boneta

Attorney and farmer Martha Boneta holds undergraduate and JD degrees from George Mason University School of Law. She founded Piedmont Agriculture Academy and Liberty Hall Livestock Rescue, and serves on leadership boards for the Virginia Independent Consumer & Farmers Association, Small Family Farm Foundation and others.

Martha’s operation, Liberty Farm, has been at the epicenter of national controversy surrounding conservation easements, targeted local planning, and litigation by environmental groups. Martha has had two farm and property rights bills named after her in the Virginia Legislature, and has been the subject of a documentary “Farming in Fear.”


Tuesday, March 28

6:30 - 9:00 pm -

 Speaker & Guest Reception; Social Hour


Wednesday, March 29

7:30 - 8:00 am -

 Registration & Pre-convene

8:00 - 8:20 am -

 Welcome - S. Tasset, KNRC President

8:20 - 8:40 am -

 Conference Objectives - J. R. Carlson

8:40 - 9:00 am -

 Opening Remarks - Moderator T. Loos

9:00 - 9:45 am - Karen Budd-Falen, Esq.

Constitutional boundaries, statutory limits & components of effective land-use plans.

9:45 - 10:00 am - BREAK

10:00 - 10:45 am - Harriett Hageman, Esq.

Regulation without representation: Problems, encroachments & thoughts for local government, agriculture & industry.

10:45 - 11:30 am - Elaine Willman

Jurisdictional conflicts between Indian tribes, local government & agriculture from EPAs ‘Treatment as States’ Policy.

11:30 - 12:15 pm - LUNCH

12:20 - 2:00 pm - PANEL DISCUSSION

2:00 - 2:45 pm - Jonathon Wood, Esq.

How States & local governments can avoid ESA listings through proactive protection of species AND property.

2:45 - 3:00 pm - BREAK

3:00 - 3:45 pm - Martha Boneta, Esq.

Drain the Land-Use Thuggary Swamp

A Virginia attorney/farmers’ perspective on Land Use Planning gone bad.

3:45 - 4:30 - Angus McIntosh, PhD

The statutory history & limitations of the Endangered Species Act: Applications for Local Government in land use planning.

Thursday, March 30

 9:00 - 9:40 am - J. R. Carlson

Case studies, successes & strategies for changing decision-making in federal administrative agencies.

9:50 - 10:30 am - Mark Rude GMD 3

Water & land use planning in SW Kansas.

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Notably missing from the debate of federal encroachment into state and local rights is a meaningful dialogue about the power county governments have been over natural resources, wildlife, public safety and private land.

By giving county commissioners authority to tax, jurisdiction over health, safety and welfare of citizenry, and ultimate police power through local sheriff, the framers of the constitution and the Congress intentionally decentralized decision-making authority to the state and local governments, placing power as close as possible to the hands of the people.

In recent decades, a lack of understanding of local prerogatives combined with regulatory coercion and economic arm-twisting has stifled local voice and resulted in forced acceptance of federal land use rules and policies at state and local levels.

The KNRC Bringing Decision-Making Home Conference focuses on the departure of all levels of government from statutory mandates and will review the bright lines and junctures that distinguish the roles of federal, state and local governments in natural resource and land use planning.

By gaining an accurate, multi-dimensional understanding of the statutory responsibility, governmental parity, and land use consistency responsibilities in federal law, county commissioners, industry and the regulated community can confidently insist that federal agencies appropriately review, assess, and balance local economies, agricultural and industrial interests and systems in land use planning.