Many county commissioners in the western United States preside over rural and/or public lands-dominated counties. Their formal role in the development of natural resources public policy is poorly defined, but rapidly evolving. As part-time elected officials, they state needs for training in both policy process skills and technically oriented subject matter. A survey investigation of their nonformal learning environment was conducted. They desire more consistent involvement in issues dialogue and higher-quality interactions with various policy influencers. Commissioners overwhelmingly prefer consultation with county government officials--with more regularity, confidence, and credibility than with any other agency, consultant, or institution.
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Hiller, J. G., & Rodgers, J. (2003). Can County Commissions Emerge as Players in Western Natural Resources Policy Development?. The Journal of Extension, 41(2), Article 15. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol41/iss2/15