Democratic accountability of the legislative and executive branches is essential to American constitutionalism. Yet, federal and state agencies are not directly accountable to the electorate. This “headless fourth branch of government” has been increasingly promulgating costly regulations at an alarming rate.
WRA takes a proactive approach to this problem by educating its members on regulatory actions impacting them and by helping to ensure that their voice is heard at the national and state level.
WRA was formed in 2004 by a broad-based group of individuals who believe that federal and state agency decisions related to management and administration of natural resources within Wyoming can be effectively made and carried out only when trade associations, local governments, businesses, and individuals are engaged in the process.
Organize, educate, encourage, and facilitate participation of Wyoming businesses, ranchers, industry groups, and local governmental entities in the state and federal regulatory process.
The Daily Watch summarizes the daily federal and Wyoming regulatory actions that affect WRA Members, and is distributed via e-mail each day.
Each summary is designed to be read in five minutes or less, and includes a link directly to the agency website so that WRA Members can obtain more information if necessary.
The purpose of the Monthly Focus is to summarize all regulatory actions that were announced in the previous month. In addition, the Monthly Focus includes several articles that highlight important issues affecting WRA Members.
It is distributed via e-mail on the first day of each month, or the first workday thereafter.
The Comment Calendar is designed to help WRA Members keep track of upcoming comment deadlines and meetings.
It is sent via e-mail on the first and fifteenth day of each month, or the first workday thereafter.
WRA is dedicated to providing its members with the information necessary to meaningfully participate in the process used by the state and federal government to address a multitude of natural resource issues.
WRA disseminates information about interests regulatory actions that impact the following:
- Access to and Management of State and National Parks
- Agricultural Production
- Endangered Species Listings and Management
- Forest Management and Timber Production
- Grazing Permits
- Hunting and Management of Wildlife
- Multiple Use of and Access to Federal Lands
- Natural Gas and Oil Exploration and Development
- Property and Water Rights
- Renewable Energy
- Water Development, Management, and Use
WRA services include a Daily Watch, Monthly Focus, and Comment Calendar. Memberships vary based on the needs of each member. Customized comments are provided upon request for an additional fee.
WRA works with each Member to understand individual concerns and to keep them apprised of state and federal regulatory actions that impact their activities, businesses, property, and rights.
Non-members, depending on their particular needs, may request customized or abbreviated comments from WRA.
WRA tracks the daily activities of numerous federal agencies, including the following:
- Executive Office of the President
- Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
- Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
- Farm Service Agency (FSA)
- Forest Service (USFS)
- Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA)
- Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
- Department of Defense (DoD)
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE)
- Department of Energy (DOE)
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
- Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (OEERE)
- Department of the Interior (DOI)
- Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
- Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)
- Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
- National Park Service (NPS)
- Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE)
- United States Geological Survey (USGS)
- Department of Transportation (DOT)
- Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Small Business Administration (SBA)
WRA tracks the daily activities of numerous state agencies, including the following:
- Executive Office of the Governor
- Wyoming Legislative Service Office (WLSO)
- Wyoming Business Council (WBC)
- Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA)
- Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ)
- Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT)
- Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (WDWS)
- Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD)
- Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA)
- Wyoming Livestock Board (WLSB)
- Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments (WOSLI)
- Wyoming Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC)
- Wyoming Public Service Commission (WPSC)
- Wyoming State Engineer’s Office (WSEO)
- Wyoming Water Development Commission (WWDC)