Who We Are
The Kansas Natural Resource Coalition (KNRC) is a collaboration of County Governments who engage Federal Agencies during environment and natural resource administrative Rulemaking processes.
Our members understand the limited role of federal agencies, the legal parity enjoyed with local government, and that Federal procedural mandates require balancing of economic, social, cultural and property interests during the outworking of natural resource policy efforts.
When Federal Agencies propose Rules for our region, we first investigate the Statutory basis undergirding the proposal, a process we call “Show Us The Law.” Because many Administrative agencies believe they have the Authority to enact Law, we do not accept Regulations, Policies or Memoranda as binding until a clear, Statutory connection has been established. Similarly, because Courts Don’t Make Law, KNRC does not accept Court Opinions, Decisions or Definitions as themselves being sufficient to justify Administrative Proposals; we believe the Legislative branch of governments to be the sole, organic source of lawmaking.
How We Work
KNRC is comprised of elected Commissioners from individual Member counties, an Executive Director, a Research Analyst and retained professional and legal staff on an as-needed basis.
Day-to-day operations are overseen by a Steering Committee that in turn reports to a Policy Committee governed by all member counties.
Each KNRC County has adopted a Natural Resource Land Use Plan that by Federal statute requires review, Coordination and consistency by Federal agencies desiring to impose rules in the jurisdictional areas governed by those Counties.
This approach maintains local voice, assures mutual access to data and science, provides a platform for genuine transparency, and ensures balanced decision-making for both the human and natural environments.
Why it’s Effective
Navigating the maze of environmental Rulemakings is daunting for even the most resolved of local governments – let alone the balance of America’s 3,000-plus counties.
KNRC’s excellent research, clear understanding of administrative procedure, dogged adherence to statutory requirements and tactical application of Coordination brings clarity to the process and accountability to Federal agencies who have grown accustomed to bypassing – or dismissing entirely – the needs of local government.
Our philosophy, Strategic Plan, and long-term objectives include training, equipping and exhibiting hard-won examples for local governments across the nation. History teaches that centralized, top-down, and autocratic governments don’t work for the long term, ultimately reverting back to local control.
Only Local Government – not industry, not associations, and particularly not NGOs – can leverage accountability from Federal Administrative agencies during natural resource Rulemakings.