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Western Governors' Association 2016 Annual Report

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2016annualreportcoverThe Western Governors' Association Annual Report for 2016 examines the issues -- species management, transportation infrastructure funding, the state-federal relationship, forest health, among others -- that Western Governors and WGA worked to help resolve in the past year.

In addition, you'll learn more about how WGA operates, including our fiscal year financial report, and read columns by our 2016 Chairman, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, as well as WGA Executive Director Jim Ogsbury.

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Western Governors’ Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative: Special Report

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ESAREPORTCOVERWOLFThe Western Governors’ Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative was launched by WGA Chairman and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead to: create a mechanism for states and stakeholders to share best practices in species management; promote the role of states in species conservation; and explore options for improving the efficacy of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The report synthesizes the information developed through the first year of the Initiative and organizes the ideas exchanged in Initiative workshops, webinars, case studies and questionaires into six themes.

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Appendix of the Western Governors’ Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative

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ESA Appendix CoverThe Western Governors’ Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative created a mechanism for states and stakeholders to share best practices in species management.

The Appendix of the Initiative offers expanded detail shared by workshop participants during roundtables and breakout sessions held in Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado and Hawaii.

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Western Governors’ Association, Federal Highway Administration report on increasing use of digital wildlife data

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FHWA Report Cover Image September 2015Digital wildlife information plays an increasingly important role in transportation planning and project implementation.The Western Governors’ Association and the Federal Highway Administration, in recognition of the growing importance of this trend, entered into an agreement in 2013 to identify opportunities to increase the transportation sector’s use of state and regional digital wildlife data. The result of that collaboration is the report, “Development of Sustainable Strategies Supporting Transportation Planning and Conservation Priorities."

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Western Governors' Association 2015 Annual Report

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2015 Annual Report CoverThe Western Governors' Association Annual Report for 2015 examines the issues -- energy, sage-grouse conservation, managing drought, the rollout of our Regulatory and Permitting Information Desktop (RAPID), and invasive species, among others -- that Western Governors and WGA worked to help resolve in the past year.

In addition, you'll learn more about how WGA operates, including our fiscal year financial report, and read columns by our 2015 Chairman, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, as well as WGA Executive Director Jim Ogsbury.

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Western Governors’ Drought Forum: Special Report

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Droght Forum Cover ImageThe Western Governors’ Drought Forum was launched by WGA Chairman and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to enable a West-wide conversation about better anticipating and managing the impact of drought. The Forum collects best practices, case studies and the insights of western leaders on drought response in a Drought Forum online resource library. This report is a roadmap to that ever-growing online resource and is arranged around seven key themes that emerged during the first year of the Drought Forum.

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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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