Western Interstate Region

The Western Interstate Region (WIR) advocates for public policy issues affecting counties in the West.

About WIR

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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


National Center for Public Lands Counties

The National Center for Public Lands Counties is dedicated to advancing the policy and practice study of America’s public lands counties. Our mission is to deepen the understanding and address the unique challenges faced by counties containing federal lands through strategic research and collaboration.

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Updates & Analysis


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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County News

WIR showcases Utah counties

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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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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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WIR Leadership

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Hon. John Espy

Commissioner, Carbon County, Wyo.
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Hon. Wes McCart

Commissioner, Stevens County, Wash.
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Hon. John Peters

Supervisor, Mono County, Calif.
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Hon. Dan Joyce

Judge, Malheur County, Ore.

WIR Contact

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Mark Ritacco

Chief Government Affairs Officer