Digital 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."
The 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.
The 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.
Western 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Western 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.