In order to further its mission, Northwest Landowners Association will be hosting a Land Use Planning Workshop in cooperation with the Budd-Falen Law Offices of Cheyenne, WY on November 16th, 2016 at the Grand Hotel in Minot, ND.  Karen Budd-Falen will lead the workshop that is geared toward county government officials.  Click HERE for the full agenda.
Land Use Plans define where certain activities can take place and determine the effect of human impacts on the landscape.  They are also used to assign special areas of spiritual, ecological, or cultural importance for protection, and areas designed for development.  In addition, Land Use Plans are used to establish regional zones and broad criteria to help evaluate the screen project proposals as part of regulatory permitting processes.
Zoning provisions identify the following:
  • areas that are well-suited for industrial development.
  • areas that can support industrial development while respecting specific cultural or ecological values.
  • areas where, for cultural or ecological reasons, development is prohibited.
With her work at Budd-Falen Law Offices, Karen represents private property owners, ranching and farming organizations, and local governments.  She has assisted local governments in asserting their rights of cooperation and coordination in federal agency decisions and private property owners in protecting their Constitutionally guaranteed property rights.

If developing local land use plans is of interest to you, register today to reserve your spot in the workshop! The cost to attend is $95 per person if you register before November 1st, and $115 for late registrations after November 1st. For more information on the workshop or to register, please contact Megan Laudenschlager at megan@strengthennd.com.


After 2 years of negotiations with the ND Department of Health, NWLA and other stakeholders have come to an agreement on guidelines for saltwater spill remediation. The guidelines can be found below. This is a huge victory for NWLA and landowners as the establishment of saltwater remediation guidelines advances the protection of soil, water, and private property rights in ND.


Areas impacting remediation that have been written within the guidelines include re-vegetation, long-term liabilities, relationships of soil factors, and the stakeholders involved with the remediation process. The guidelines also require landowners to be continually updated throughout the remediation process. The goal of the remediation guidelines is to return damaged soil to pre-damage condition, meaning that landowners will be able to sow and harvest the same crops after the spill as they were before the spill.


NDPC urges you to review this linked MEMORANDUM regarding actions by the Board of University and School Lands claiming ownership of all minerals under Lake Sakakawea in recent North Dakota litigation. The linked MAP (purchased as public record from NDIC) shows the horizontal Bakken wells that have been drilled under the lake bed.

With authorization from the Oil Patch Hotline to forward, click HERE to read a related story.

As indicated in the memo, NDPC is not advising you of any action at this time.  However, as in interested party, if you have questions or comments contact the Department of Trust Lands or the Board of University and School Lands:




Northwest Landowners Association was a presenter at the ND Soils Conference in Medora on Tuesday, June 14th, and spoke about the importance of bringing soils that were impacted by oil activity back to background status.  Below are pictures from our presentation!



Northwest Landowners Association has continued to be involved in and monitor the rulemaking that is happening with the Department of Mineral Resources.  The North Dakota Industrial Commission and Department of Mineral Resources, Oil & Gas Division, held a series of four public hearings in Dickinson, Williston, Bismarck, and Minot to gather public input regarding the proposed changes to the administrative code. Below you will find Northwest Landowners Association’s written response to the proposed changes as well as Troy Coons’ (Chairman of NWLA) testimony from the April 14th public hearing in Minot and the compiled written responses from the public.  For more information on all of the proposed rule changes and audio from the public hearings, please head to the Department of Mineral Resources website at: https://www.dmr.nd.gov/oilgas/


The Northwest Landowners Association works to obtain fair and equitable compensation for landowners in North Dakota and to ensure the sustainability of our precious land for generations to come, a point of view elegantly stated by a former North Dakota governor in the following prose…

When the Landscape is Quiet Again

We do not want to halt progress; we do not plan to be selfish and say “North Dakota will not share its energy resource.” No, we simply want to insure the most efficient and environmentally sound method of utilizing our precious coal and water resources for the benefit of the broadest number of people possible.

And when we are through with that and the landscape is quiet again, when the draglines, the blasting rigs, the power shovels and the huge gondolas cease to rip and roar, and when the last bulldozer has pushed the last spoil pile into place, and the last patch of barren earth has been seeded to grass or grain, let those who follow and repopulate the land be able to say “Our grandparents did their job well. The land is as good and, in some cases, better than before.”

Only if they can say this will we be worthy of the rich heritage of our land and its resources.

Governor Arthur A. Link — October 11, 1973