About KNRC –

In recent decades the federal government of the United States has become increasingly involved in regulating, conserving and in the preservation of natural resources.  Beginning with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and followed by a barrage of well-meaning, expensive and marginally effective Congressional environmental legislation, a vast array of federal administrative agencies have injected themselves into local land use policy, an area historically understood as being within the purview of states, counties, municipalities and private land owners.

Local government has always been in the best position to effect, administer and oversee conservation of natural resources and protect human systems in a way that guards jobs, sustains industry, protects private property, and ensures longevity of rural American culture.  To that end, the Kansas Natural Resources Coalition (KNRC) is an alliance of county governments who engage federal administrative agencies during natural resource policy making processes, ensuring that balanced, collaborative and mutual consideration is given to the human and natural environments, consistent with the following statutes:

  1. National Environmental Policy Act;
  2. Federal Land Management Policy Act;
  3. Data Quality Act;
  4. Rivers and Harbors Act;
  5. Clean Water Act;
  6. Migratory Bird Act;
  7. Endangered Species Act; and,
  8. Regulatory Flexibility Act.

KNRC counties are sovereign, small governmental entities each having responsibility for taxation, land use, zoning, infrastructure, local industry, small business, public health/safety, and similar decision making.  Coalition members represent front-line stakeholders affected by major federal action and as such they have a legitimate, real and material interest in natural resource programs and governmental rule-makings within their jurisdictions.

KNRC commissioners understand theirfederal counterparts are required by NEPA, the Federal Land Management and Policy Act (FLPMA) and numerous executive orders to coordinate  with, respond to and accommodate local viewpoints, information and natural resource planning prior to initiating major federal Actions or environmental policy decisions.  Because expansion of federal programs has had a tendency to reduce the scope of local sovereignty, the outworking of KNRC’s mission includes education of local county commissioners and governments in the historical role and the legitimate boundaries for local government.

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