Public Lands Policy 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 Platform & Resolutions 2023-2024

Public lands are a defining feature of the United States, particularly in the West. NACo, its Western Interstate Region, state associations of counties, and individual county governments have a critical role in policy development, planning, and management of federal land through the coordination process mandated by federal law.

PILT & SRS Profiles

Through NACo's County Explorer, find your county's Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) profiles.

Updates & Analysis

Yosemite
Advocacy

NACo testifies on county role in combatting wildfires and forest management at U.S. House Natural Resources Committee hearing

On Friday, August 11, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing titled “Conservation in a Crown Jewel: A Discussion About Wildfire and Forest Management.” The hearing investigated the tangible consequences of poor and failed forest management policies and the impacts of catastrophic wildfires.

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Advocacy

USFS announces $250 million for wildfire risk reduction efforts

On July 31, the U.S. Forest Service announced that it is accepting applications for the Community Wildfire Defense Grant program.

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Advocacy

NACo sends letter to Congressional leadership outlining county priorities for 2023 Farm Bill

Preserving the Farm Bill’s programs is key to the strength and stability of the American economy and the continued resilience of county governments across the country

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Advocacy

County commissioners testify before Congress on county role in public lands management, Farm Bill

On March 8, two county commissioners delivered testimony before Congressional Committees on behalf of the National Association of Counties (NACo).

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Advocacy

USFS announces $250 million for wildfire risk reduction efforts

On July 31, the U.S. Forest Service announced that it is accepting applications for the Community Wildfire Defense Grant program.

Committee Chair

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Hon. Todd Devlin

Commissioner, Prairie County, Mont.

Committee Contact

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Jonathan Shuffield

Legislative Director – Public Lands | Western Interstate Region
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