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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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10 Year Energy Vision

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10 Year Energy Plan 2013 coverThe "10-Year Energy Vision" is a set of regional goals and objectives the Governors have agreed should guide energy development, use and energy policy in the West.

This report published in 2013 is meant to be a guide and it is not intended to supersede individual state energy plans. The report demonstrates bipartisan cooperation on energy and environmental issues that can serve as a useful basis for a national energy plan.

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Energy Perspectives

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Energy Perspectives 2013 coverThis report published in 2013 features 20 essays authored by individual Western Governors and Canadian Premiers on different topics on energy. In each essay, the authoring Governor or Premier provides insights gained from their efforts to best serve the priorities of their constituents.

The topics range from the importance of coal as a fuel and driver of economic growth for the state of Wyoming to the urgent need for greenhouse gas mitigation and climate change policy for the state of California.

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State of Energy in the West

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State of Energy 2013 coverWestern energy resources are vast and diverse. To inform the development and implementation of the 10-Year Energy Vision, this report published in 2013 provides a factual account of energy resources and issues in the West.

The central feature is a thorough overview of energy resource reserves and extraction, the infrastructure used to transport electricity and energy commodities, and the utilization of energy resources and technologies in the region. The book also discusses the importance of energy literacy and the potential of several promising energy technologies currently on the horizon.

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