“Coordination” is a process that requires federal and state governments to resolve conflicts and reach consistency with local plans and policies. This direction is found in many of our nation’s natural resource laws as well as many state laws. It recognizes that the responsibilities of local governments are “equal, not subordinate” to the duties of federal and state governments, and that the needs of the local governments must be incorporated into the federal and state planning processes. Coordination is simply good governance and the embodiment of “local control.” This process has been used successfully by local governments to stop programs that would harm the local community, such as the Trans-Texas Corridor. It has also provided the pathway for resolving conflicts with federal and state agencies over the productive use of federal and state lands. It is a powerful tool for special districts, towns, cities and counties to advocate for the needs of their community and bring back local control.

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