Federal Land Payments to Counties: Background Analysis, History, and Context

Research on the history and context of county payments which play an important role in many rural communities--influencing public lands management, economic development, and funding for local schools, roads, and public safety.

The two largest programs (Secure Rural Schools and PILT) are expiring.  Reforming these programs represents an opportunity to recognize the broader values of public forests, which extends beyond raw materials to include recreation, as well as scenic vistas and clean water that attract capital and create employment, especially in rural areas.

The research detailed below reviews the the history and context of federal land payments to counties using a variety of tools and anlysis.