Chairman's Initiative

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Governor Bullock at Launch EventThe Chairman’s Initiative of Montana Governor Steve Bullock, the National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative, is creating a mechanism for states and land managers to share best practices and policy options for forest and rangeland management. The work of the initiative will position Western Governors to recommend congressional efforts to improve forest management and encourage effective collaboration throughout the West. The policy effort launched by Governor Bullock in August, 2016, includes workshops, webinars and other outreach. Learn more at the website for the Chairman’s Initiative.

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The Chairman’s Initiative of Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead created a mechanism for states in 2016 to 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 ESA. The conclusion of the first year was marked by the release of a video and a report. (Read, download report) The Western Governors have now begun work on the next steps identified by the Initiative. Learn more by visiting the website for the Chairman’s Initiative.

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The Chairman’s Initiative of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval fostered a regional dialogue in which states shared best practices on drought policy, preparedness and management. In addition to hosting meetings in 2013-14 that focused on specific sectors, the Western Governors' Drought Forum created an online archive 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 in 2013 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