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Ken Buck Calls on President to Ensure Coordination Between Federal, State, and Local Governments

August 4, 2017
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kyle Huwa, 202-225-4676


Washington, D.C. – This week, Congressman Ken Buck (CO-04) and several colleagues signed a letter to President Trump, asking for closer coordination between federal, state, and local authorities on issues related to federal land and resource use policies. The federal government owns more than 635 million acres of land and many of these vast tracts are found in western states. Land use policies are often poorly coordinated with local experts, causing federal regulations to harm Americans more than help them. Federal land use policies can have drastic impacts on local governments and economies, making it imperative that federal officials consider the interests and concerns of impacted communities.

“Too often, federal agencies ignore the expertise and input of local government officials when implementing policies that impact our land and natural resources,” stated Congressman Ken Buck. “That’s why I strongly encourage the President to review and revise the current regulations and statutes applying to federal coordination with state and local governments. When it comes to utilizing and stewarding our nation’s lands and resources, I trust local stakeholders and officials more than I trust Washington bureaucrats to know what’s best for Colorado, for the West, and for the entire nation.”

Congressman Buck signed the letter with almost two dozen of his colleagues, many of whom are also members of the Congressional Western Caucus, a group of representatives who work together to develop and promote policy that positively impacts the western United States. The letter also includes a draft Executive Order and draft policies for the president’s consideration. If the president enacts these proposals, federal and local agencies will be able to leverage their combined expertise as they find ways to responsibly care for federal lands.

The full text of the letter can be read here.