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National Forest Counties & Schools Coalition Winter Udpate

Posted Date: 
December 12, 2011
Bob Douglas, Executive Director, National Forest Counties & Schools Coalition

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year from the Board of Directors and staff of the National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition.  At the NFCSC it has been a year of challenges both fiscally and legislatively, but we are still alive and moving forward with our mission.  We have much to be thankful for and much to look forward to in our collective future.

IRS Announces 2012 Standard Mileage Rates, Most Rates Are the Same as in July

Posted Date: 
December 13, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2012 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Federal Agencies Announce Initial Step to Incorporate Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Measures into Land Management Plans

Posted Date: 
December 8, 2011
Mitch Snow, Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) today announced the initial steps in a formal planning process to evaluate greater sage-grouse conservation measures in land use plans in 10 Western states.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2011

Posted Date: 
December 6, 2011

A Proclamation by the President of the United States

On a serene Sunday morning 70 years ago, the skies above Pearl Harbor were darkened by the bombs of Japanese forces in a surprise attack that tested the resilience of our Armed Forces and the will of our Nation. As explosions sounded and battleships burned, brave service members fought back fiercely with everything they could find. Unbeknownst to these selfless individuals, the sacrifices endured on that infamous day would galvanize America and come to symbolize the mettle of a generation.

Tester and Risch work across party lines to establish equal footing for renewable energy

Posted Date: 
November 1, 2011
Andrea Helling (Tester) 202.228.0371, Kyle Hines (Risch) 202.224-8078

(U.S. SENATE) – With wide-ranging support from sportsmen to local governments, Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) today introduced a bipartisan bill that streamlines permitting for renewable energy projects on public lands.

Senate Permit Negotiations Break Down

Posted Date: 
October 31, 2011
Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter

Last-minute Senate negotiations to delay court-ordered permits for some pesticide users appear to have broken down at the end of last week, meaning U.S. EPA will have to begin issuing the new permits immediately.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Annual List of Candidates for Endangered Species Act

Posted Date: 
October 25, 2011
Vanessa Kauffman, 703-358-2138,

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today released its Candidate Notice of Review, a yearly appraisal of the current status of plants and animals considered candidates for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Senate Introduces the County Payments Reauthorization Act of 2011

Posted Date: 
October 17, 2011
Ryan R. Yates, Associate Legislative Director, NACo

On October 12, 2011, a Bipartisan group of Senators introduced the County Payments Reauthorization Act of 2011 (S. 1692). The Act would reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program and fund the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Act for five more years. The bipartisan agreement, announced by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and ranking member Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) represents a strong commitment from the United States Senate to support key programs critical to nearly 2,000 counties nationwide.

Draft Secure Rural Schools Proposal Will Create Jobs & Restore Healthy, Active Forest Management

Posted Date: 
September 15, 2011
Crystal Feldman, Spencer Pederson, or Jill Strait - 202-226-9019

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 15, 2011 - The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing next week on a draft proposal to address the expiration of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. The draft proposal, the National Forest County Revenue, Schools and Jobs Act of 2011, is a long-term solution that would provide rural counties with a stable revenue stream, create jobs, grow rural economies, and restore active, healthy forest management.

IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Treatment of Cell Phones; Provides Small Business Recordkeeping Relief

Posted Date: 
September 14, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance designed to clarify the tax treatment of employer-provided cell phones.