Chairman's Initiative

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Wyoming Gov Matt MeadGov. Matt MeadThe Chairman’s Initiative of Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead creates a mechanism for states that will share best practices in species management, promote and elevate the role of states in species conservation efforts, and explore ways to improve the efficacy of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Experts acknowledge that changes to the ESA are warranted. Regardless, proposed amendments to the Act are frequently opposed on the basis that any change represents the first step in its dismantlement. If there is any hope of improving the Act’s effectiveness, this narrative must change and few groups are as well situated as the Western Governors' Association to conduct a productive and bipartisan dialogue.

The first workshop of the Western Governors' Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative was held Nov. 12-13 at the Buffalo Bill Center for the West in Cody, Wyo. Learn more by visiting the website for the Chairman’s Initiative.

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The Chairman’s Initiative of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval fosters a regional dialogue in which states share best practices on drought policy, preparedness and management. In addition to hosting meetings that focused on specific sectors, the Western Governors' Drought Forum continues to create an online resource with a growing collection of drought resources. Visit the Drought Forum online:

10-Year Energy Vision for the West

10 Year Energy Plan 2013 coverThe Chairman’s Initiative of Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, the "10-Year Energy Vision for the West," created goals and objectives to guide energy development, use and energy policy in the West. Not intended to supersede state energy plans, the Energy Vision demonstrates bipartisan cooperation on energy and environmental issues that can serve as a useful basis for a national energy plan. The plan's six overarching goals that emphasize the critical importance of an effective federal-state partnership.

Read reports on past Chairman's Initiatives, as well as other WGA initiatives