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Western Governors support legislation on federal lands, quagga mussels, drought

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Rep Lummis at FLTFA  ReadingUPDATE: Read the Stateline story "States Seek Federal Crackdown on Mussel Invaders," which quotes our Policy Director Holly Propst. Read.

July 24: The Western Governors' Association (WGA) recently supported legislation concerning federal land management, quagga mussels and drought. Here's a look at each:

Federal lands: WGA urged reauthorization of the Federal Lands Transfer Facilitation Act (FLTFA). The act can help resolve the "checkerboard" land ownership pattern in the West that hinders effective management of federal and state lands.The reauthorization is sponsored by Rep. Cynthis Lummis of Wyoming (pictured), who entered a letter of support from WGA into the record at a July 19 hearing of the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation for the Committee on Natural Resources. Read the letter.

Invasive species: Western Governors supported “Protecting Lakes Against Quaggas Act of 2013" (H.R. 1823), which adds quagga mussels to the national list of invasive species. This would, in part, provide for increased inspections of boats crossing state lines. Such inspections for zebra mussels already occur. Read the letter we sent to the bill's sponsors.

Drought: WGA communicated strong backing for reauthorization of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), which WGA helped create in 2006. WGA has since worked with NOAA and other partners to offer authoritative, objective and timely drought information that farmers, water managers, decision-makers and local governments require to prepare for and respond to drought. Read the letter. Learn more about the Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook we produce with NOAA.

Did you know? Western Governors recently adopted nine bipartisan policy resolutions -- including but not limited to Endangered Species Act, Wildland Fire Management, Energy & Transmission -- at its 2013 Annual Meeting. Visit our website  to see them all.

To talk with WGA about these Western issues, contact Communications Director Joe Rassenfoss via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .