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WHITE PAPERS

1. Environmental Planning and the Clash Between The “Commons” And Private Property - Who Decides? Who Pays?

It has become apparent that top down, one size fits all planning is a dismal failure. This paper will discuss the value of local grass roots participation in the planning process. Much of the planning now taking place dismisses the value of information available from local sources.

Presented at the New Mexico Conference on the Environment April 26, 1994

I. Grass Roots Participation in the Planning Process: Who Decides?

Howard Hutchinson, Vice-Chairman, Catron County Land Planning Committee

II. The Legal and Moral Requirements for Environmental Planning: Who Pays?

Jim Catron, County Attorney, Catron, Sierra and Torrance Counties

III. Assessment and Mitigation Of Environmental Impacts: How Much and When?

Alex Thal, Ph.D., S.W. Center for Resource Analysis, WNMU

2. Natural Resource and Land Planning under the County Government Movement

We are being instructed in "Community," "Consensus" and "Collaborative" Based Planning. The federal government is only ten years behind the County Government Movement. These new initiatives are aimed at diverting and coopting state and locally elected governments. Find out in this white paper what is the origin of real comminty based planning based on the principle of representative government.

3. The Role of Local Governments in Implementing Forest & Watershed Health Projects

Moving from Planning to Implementation of Collaborative Forest & Watershed Health Projects Wednesday, March 30, 2005 Ruidoso, NM - Sadly, there are not many partnerships functioning to implement forest and watershed restoration within the Coalition membership. What few do exist came at the strong direction of Congress with earmarked funding. Partnerships require trust, respect and commitment. Given the size of the problem, we have only tackled the equivalent of a fly speck on a grand ballroom.