Dear Editor,

The Johnson County Commissioners recently approved a Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP) guided and prepared by the Falen Law Offices and Y2 Consulting.

The Falen Law Offices not only represents property owners and local governments on environmental law, but the firm has also actively engaged in lobbying on any form possible against clean air, clean water, or land protection. Principals from the Falen firm have defended domestic terrorists in their attempted seizure of public lands and have overseen the Bureau of Land Management’s dismembering. In the NRMP are chapters on Endangered Species Act, RS 2477 roads, and grazing rights that have consistently failed in the courts yet appear in the County planning document.

Y2 Consulting is a familiar name across the Bighorn National Forest and region BLM lands. Early drafts of the Johnson County NRMP had Carbon County in the page footers and cited coal mining production data in Johnson County in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The NRMP provides the county with analysis through their contractors, firms like Y2, to provide other science to counter the federal agencies. The plan advocates for the county to participate in any project separately in the NEPA process as a “cooperating agency.” That would require the federal agency to work directly with county or its agents before any plan or proposal is presented to the public.

The Constitution’s property clause needs to be in the plan as it is the primary authority for all lands owned by the United States and originates with Congress. It supersedes the national legislation discussed in this plan. Article IV, Section 3, Clause 2: Property Clause; “The Congress shall have the power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or any particular State. 

Federal lands in Wyoming were never the property of the state. The plan is over-reaching and strained in declaring rights over our public lands that do not exist in law. 

Rob Davidson

 Council for the Bighorn Range

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