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Montana Gov Steve Bullock for InitiativeThe Chairman’s Initiative of Montana Governor Steve Bullock, the "National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative," creates 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.

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The webinar Land Management Conflict: Current Litigation and the Future of Alternative Dispute Resolution was held April 6, 2017. It examined the causes and effects of litigation over federal natural resource decisions, and the potential to use alternative dispute resolution in concert with (or in lieu of) traditional litigation. WGA has previously hosted webinars on Rangeland Management Strategies and Tools, Managing Electricity Reliability Risks on Forests and Rangeland and The Future of Wild Horse and Burro Management.


Gov Kate Brown Bend WorkshopThe final workshop of the Chairman's Initiative was hosted by Gov. Kate Brown on Jan. 23-24, 2017, in Bend, Ore. The Governor noted in her keynote that "we continue to pursue strategies to accelerate the pace, scale, and quality of restoration on our federal forests." Here's where to learn more and watch videos of the Bend workshop.The first workshop was held Sept. 20-21, 2016, in Missoula, Mont., with keynotes by Gov. Steve Bullock and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. The second workshop was held Oct. 20-21, 2016, in Boise, Idaho, and featured a keynote by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. The third workshop was held on Dec. 1-2, 2016, in Deadwood, S.D.hosted and featured a keynote by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

Initiative Launch

Gov Bullock at Launch Event WebsiteMontana Gov. Steve Bullock launched the Western Governors’ National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative on Aug. 15, 2016, at Pyramid Mountain Lumber in Seeley Lake, Montana. The governor was joined at the rollout event by a variety of state and local officials. “We have a responsibility to do everything we can," Gov. Bullock said in a keynote address, "to keep workers in our forests, put more logs on trucks, and protect the public land and clean air and water that keep our heritage and economies strong.” (Read more)

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