Thursday, February 10, 2011

Property rights activist speaks to loggers


Landowners should take advantage of local government’s power to stave off federal regulations that deprive them of their liberties, a property rights advocate said.

Cities, counties and local districts can frustrate new wilderness designations and other federal land-use orders by invoking coordination under U.S. and state environmental laws, author Michael Coffman told a logging conference here Feb. 10.

Under coordination, a city council or county commission could appoint a citizens’ advisory committee and enact an ordinance opposing a federal rule and the agency would have to involve the local government in its decision, Coffman said.

The coordination process was used to stop a planned highway through Texas that was part of implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, he said.

“Local coordination … is very, very powerful if it’s done correctly,” said Coffman, whose book, “Rescuing a Broken America,” addresses the environmental movement’s role in the nation’s cultural divide. “It allows your local government to become part of the process.”

For more on his speech, check soon.

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