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JUNE 5, 2011 


What is Coordination and Why Are We Doing It?  
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Today's guest: Fred Kelly Grant


About Fred

Fred Grant attained his B.A. from the College of Idaho in 1958, majoring in History; with specialization in Constitutional History and Law. He then attended the University of Chicago School of Law. He served as Law Clerk to Chief Judge Brune, in the Maryland Court of Appeals. He first worked as an associate at Lord, Bissell, and Brook; a Chicago law firm representing Lloyd's of London. He continued to practice law in the District of Maryland, where he was an Assistant United States Attorney. He later became Assistant State Attorney of Baltimore, and then Chief of the Organized Crime Unit, State's Attorney of Baltimore. He spent his remaining time in Baltimore involved in criminal defense.

Grant later moved with his family back to Nampa Idaho where he and his wife were both raised. He accepted an appointment by Idaho’s Governor as a liaison with the federal agencies, and eventually served two of Idaho’s Governors in various roles. He has been a hearing officer in zoning issues for over 30 years and has helped cities and counties write land use plans protecting property rights. He works closely with Owyhee County, Idaho where he developed the “Coordination Strategy” now being taught across the nation as a way for local governments to have meaningful input into the federal and state decision making process.
Grant has worked with Stewards of the Range since the early 1990’s as a consultant and the Litigation Chairman. In 2006 he was elected by the Board of Directors to serve as President. July 1, 2009 Stewards of the Range merged with the American Land Foundation creating American Stewards of Liberty. Grant continues to serve as President of the new organization.

What is Coordination and Why Are We Doing It?
The “coordination process” as directed by Congress is simply that: a process by which local government and federal agencies are to meet in a government to government dialogue in order to attempt to reach consistency between federal plans and actions and local plans and policies. Congress has recognized that local government has a position in planning and policy making that is superior to that of the general public.
The “father” of the Coordination process is Fred Kelly Grant.
How Coordination Plans Work
Local governments that have implemented “coordination” status with federal management agencies are successfully fighting erosion of private property rights in their communities. The “coordination” status is authorized by almost every federal statute relating to management of land, resource, and environment. All the local government has to do is formally accept the congressional invitation to “coordinate,” and federal agencies have no choice but to agree.

What is this “coordination” factor, which elevates the involvement of local government in federal planning and management actions? The foundation for the concept is found in the Federal Land Policy Management Act, i.e. commonly known as FLPMA. Section 1712 of Title 43 of the United States Code requires that the Bureau of Land Management must coordinate its “land use inventory, planning, and management actions” with any local government which has engaged in land use planning for the federal lands managed by the federal agencies.

Congress did not leave the definition of the word “coordination” to chance, or to the whim of the federal management agencies. Congress defined the word by specifying the duties and responsibilities of the BLM regarding local plans. The statute REQUIRES the following:

  1. BLM must keep apprised of local land use plans;
  2. BLM must assure consideration is given to local plans when federal plans are being developed;
  3. BLM must attempt to resolve inconsistencies between federal and state local plans;
  4. BLM must provide “meaningful…involvement” of local government officials in the development and revision of plans, guidelines and regulations;
  5. The Secretary must, finally, compare local and federal plans and make sure they are consistent “to the maximum extent…consistent with federal law.
BLM regulations set forth a very clear process by which the local government, which has developed a plan is able to “coordinate” with the BLM, and this process includes an elevation of the participation level of the local government to a point of notice and “meaningful” participation above and ahead of “public participation.”

Note that the statute does not limit mandatory coordination to “counties,” but rather extends it to “local government.” That language includes any unit of local government, often identified as any separate tax raising unit of government, i.e., school districts, road districts, fire districts, irrigation districts, and cities and towns. So, in a county where county commissioners or supervisors refuse to develop a local plan for coordination status, any school board or other tax-raising unit of government can gain coordinate status for itself. The ideal goal for local government would be to develop a plan by which the county, towns within the county, school districts, irrigation districts, fire districts, could all participate in the same coordination activities.

Other federal land management agencies are also required to deal with local governments on a higher plane than they do with the general public. This applies to those which operate under and implement the National Forest Management Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the National Preservation Act, Soil Conservation district statutes, and the National Environmental Policy Act.

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