Moffat County Commissioner T. Wright Dickinson has been reappointed to the National Association of Counties (NACo) Public Lands Steering Committee by NACo President C. Vernon Gray.
"We continue to work to make public lands decisions that affect counties and public land users a high priority," said Dickinson.
NACo is the only national organization representing county governments in the United States. The main goals of the organization are to improve county governments, act as a liaison with other levels of governments, present the county position on national issues and advance public understanding of the role of counties.
NACo has 10 different steering committees that form the policy making arm of the association. There are 50 to 60 county officials on each committee. All committees meet several times a year to examine issues critical to local government.
The Public Lands Steering Committee that Dickinson will serve on focuses on federally owned public lands, including tax immunity problems, shared natural resource payments, Payments-In-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILT); and federal land management programs.
There is an annual NACo conference where each steering committee presents its recommendations on legislative policies and goals. If the recommendations and goals are approved they become part of the American County Platform. This platform is the basis of NACo's efforts in representing counties before Congress and the White House.
"It is important because public land issues are critical to the people of Moffat County," said Dickinson.