Western Interstate Region

The Western Interstate Region is affiliated with the National Association of Counties and is dedicated to the promotion of Western interests within NACo. These interests include public land issues (use and conservation), community stability and economic development, and the promotion of the traditional Western way of life. Its membership consists of fifteen Western states, (Alaska, Hawaii, Wash., Ore., Calif., Idaho, Nev., Ariz., Mont., Wyo., Colo., N.M., Utah, N.D., S.D.) with membership funded through the individual state associations.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Mission Statement

The Western Interstate Region (WIR) exists to be the counties' advocate for public policy issues affecting the West.

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. 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

  • Advocacy | Jan. 2, 2019

    NACo works to preserve local decision making, to protect counties from unfunded mandates and local preemption and to strengthen the federal-state-local partnership.

  • Video | Sep. 26, 2018

    Klickitat County, Wash. Commissioner David Sauter will testify today on behalf of NACo on ESA modernization bills.

  • Advocacy | Jul. 9, 2018

    In this toolkit you will find several useful resources designed to help county officials educate Congress, the administration and the public on the importance of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program

Western Interstate Region Board of Directors

President

Tommie Martin
Supervisor
Gila County, Arizona

 

First Vice President

Kevin Cann
Supervisor
Mariposa County, California

 

Second Vice President

Greg Chilcott
Commissioner
Ravalli County, Montana

 

Immediate Past President

Joel Bousman
Commissioner
Sublette County, Wyoming

 

Contact

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

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