Public Lands Steering Committee

All matters relating to federally-owned public lands including federal land ​management programs, natural resource revenue sharing payments, payments in lieu of taxes, and property tax immunity concerns.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Policy Briefs

  • Policy Brief

    Provide Full Mandatory Funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program

    Urge your members of Congress to support mandatory full funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. Because local governments are unable to tax the property values or products derived from federal lands, PILT payments are necessary to support essential local government services. Unless Congress acts, counties will have received their last fully-funded PILT disbursement in 2019. Without mandatory full funding, PILT will remain a discretionary program (subject to the annual appropriations process) and could fall back to pre-2008 funding levels, which would devastate local government service delivery in areas with significant federal land ownership.

Latest Resources

  • Video | Apr. 22, 2019

    This week's video includes the U.S. Senate confirmation of David Bernhardt to become the new U.S. Secretary of the Interior, the release of payments for the Secure Rural Schools program to states, U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants for emergency preparedness and more.

  • Video | Apr. 15, 2019

    This week's video includes an update on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, efforts to repeal the 40% excise tax on high cost employer health plans set to take effect in 2022, testimony in support of the Economic Development Administration and more.

  • Video | Apr. 1, 2019

    This week's video includes the latest on the annual appropriations process, "Dear Colleague" letters in support of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program, the Community Development Block Grant and the HOME Investments Partnerships Program, the National Flood Insurance Program, new rules on overtime pay and more.

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Public Lands Steering Committee


Greg Chilcott
Ravalli County, Montana


Vice Chair

Elizabeth Archuleta
Coconino County, Arizona


Bob Gardner
Mono County, California


Larry Suckla
Montezuma County, Colorado


Subcommittee Chair

Todd Devlin
Prairie County, Montana


Leland Pollock
Commission Chair
Garfield County, Utah


Subcommittee Vice Chair

Kathy Chandler-Henry
Eagle County, Colorado


Stacy Corless
Mono County, California


Kuyler Crocker
Tulare County, California


Jack Lytle
Daggett County, Utah


Tommie Martin
Gila County, Arizona


Mark Owens
Harney County, Oregon



  • Associate Legislative Director – Public Lands and Liaison to the Western Interstate Region  
    (202) 942-4207

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