Government Affairs & Natural Resources

The Montrose County Government Affairs and Natural Resources Department is responsible for the coordination and administration of the following activities:

Public Lands
Montrose County is approximately 70% public lands. Federal management actions affecting these lands have significant local impacts. The Government Affairs Department monitors and participates in public lands processes to assure that local interests are considered in federal decisions. Government Affairs serves as a designated point of contact for public lands agencies (BLM, USFS, NPS, etc.) in various interactions with the County.

Economic Development
The Government Affairs Department coordinates the economic development activities of the county. These activities include administration of tax credit and business assistance agreements, advocating for industry and administration of economic development plans and policies.

Regulatory Efficiency
Montrose County is committed to maintaining an efficient and minimally intrusive regulatory environment. The Government Affairs Department assists staff and officials in the drafting, review and revision of policies, codes and ordinances.

Legislative Affairs
Working with elected officials at the state and federal level is an essential and time consuming duty of the Board of County Commissioners. The Government Affairs Department assists the Board of County Commissioners in evaluating and responding to legislative matters.

Intergovernmental Coordination
Montrose County is one of many public agencies which serve the citizens of the County. In the pursuit of public service, the County frequently coordinates with neighboring jurisdictions and districts. The Government Affairs Department frequently serves as the County’s liaison to other public organizations and assists in the administration of intergovernmental agreements, projects and similar activities.

Ecological Services
In order to address local economic and ecological interests, Montrose County implements on-the-ground projects benefiting landscape health, resilience, adaptability and productivity.  Work conducted includes noxious and invasive weed mitigation, reseeding/reclamation as well as rangeland and habitat improvements. Implementation of landscape-level projects helps ensure natural resource objectives are addressed across jurisdictional boundaries and supports Montrose County's participation in public lands processes.

Biography
The Montrose County Government Affairs and Natural Resources Division is led by Jon Waschbusch. Mr. Waschbusch holds a bachelor’s degree in public planning from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Colorado Denver. Jon has also earned an A.I.C.P. certification through the American Planning Association. Mr. Waschbusch has been a part of the Montrose County organization since 2005. Jon’s years of experience in community development and natural resource issues serve the county well.