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Sage-Grouse Conservation Inventory (2014)

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Sage Grouse Inventory Cover 2014Western Governors on April 2, 2015, released the 2014 Sage-Grouse Inventory, highlighting the effective conservation work undertaken by public, private and non-governmental groups during the past year across the 11-state range of the greater sage-grouse.

The fourth annual inventory expanded its focus from previous years. In addition to state and local government conservation initiatives, it includes reports from federal agencies, conservation districts, industry and nonprofits.

The greater sage-grouse was listed as "warranted but precluded" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 2010 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), which has said it will make a "warranted' or "not warranted" decision by Sept. 30, 2015.

Western Governors assert that the magnitude of voluntary conservation efforts across the region, if allowed to run their course, will provide the bird with the necessary habitat to live and thrive.

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Sage Grouse Inventory Appendix (2014)

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Sage Grouse Appendix Cover 2014The 2014 Sage-Grouse Inventory Appendix collects all initiatives reported by the relevant states and counties between 2011 and 2014 to avoid a "threatened" or "endangered" listing of the greater sage-grouse and Gunnison sage-grouse on the federal endangered species list.

The Appendix is a companion to the annual Inventory of State and Local Governments’ Conservation Initiatives for Sage-Grouse.

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RAPID Toolkit

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RAPID ToolkitThe Regulatory and Permitting Information Desktop (RAPID) toolkit is the culmination of a multi-year effort by Western Governors to tackle the challenge of transmission line siting and permitting in the West. The online tool is designed to streamline the challenge of siting and permitting transmission lines in the West.

RAPID was unveiled by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Chairman of the Western Governors' Association, at the 2014 Winter Meeting in Las Vegas.

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Annual Report 2014

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2014 Annual ReportThe Western Governors' Association Annual Report for 2014 examines the issues -- including sage-grouse conservation, an end to "fire-borrowing" when battling wildfires,  the rollout of our Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool, and Endangered Species Act reform, among others -- that Western Governors faced during the past year and how WGA worked to help resolve those issues.

In addition, you'll learn more about how WGA operates, including our fiscal year financial report, and read columns by our 2014 Chairman, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, as well as WGA Executive Director Jim Ogsbury.

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Sage-Grouse Conservation Inventory (2013)

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Sage Grouse Inventory CoverWestern states, through the WGA and Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), have worked collaboratively to address challenges facing sage-grouse and their habitat since the passage of the Policy Resolution "Sage-Grouse and Sagebrush Conservation."

WGA and WAFWA created the first annual inventory in 2011 to illustrate how states and counties were taking proactive, voluntary steps to preclude the need to put the greater sage-grouse and Gunnison sage-grouse on the federal endangered species list. This third WGA report highlights new sage-grouse conservation activities in 2013.

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Sage Grouse Inventory Appendix (2013)

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Sage Grouse AppendixThe Sage-Grouse Inventory Appendix collects all initiatives reported by the relevant states and counties between 2011 and 2013 to avoid a threatened or endangered listing of sage-grouse and Gunnison sage-grouse on the federal endangered species list.

The Appendix is a companion to the Inventory of State and Local Governments’ Conservation Initiatives for Sage-Grouse.

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Utah Wildlife Case Study

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Utah Case StudyMore than 100 mule deer were being lost annually to wildlife-vehicle collisions along a stretch of Utah highway. In addition to the loss of life for deer and threat to human safety, each collision causes an average of more than $8,000 property damage.

Those outcomes prompted the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah Department of Transportation to work with the Bureau of Land Management and other entities to find solutions to the problem, which are documented in this case study produced with support from the Hewlett Foundation.

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Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool

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CHAT Pub CoverThe Western Governors’ Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT) is a cooperative effort of 16 Western states to provide the public and industry a high-level overview of “crucial habitat” across the West.

CHAT is a non-regulatory tool that provides a “30,000-foot view” of habitat for pre-planning that can be used for projects as varied as “macro-siting” energy corridors to comparing fish and wildlife habitat across the West.

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