Initiative on Wildlife Corridors and Crucial Habitat



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The Western Governors’ Wildlife Council, at the direction of the Governors, developed tools to assist states in identifying and conserving crucial wildlife habitat and corridors across the region.  While individual states are compiling information within their borders, they also are working with neighboring states to improve the regional understanding of areas important to wildlife to better inform land use planning efforts.

One of those tools was the Western Governors' Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT), a cooperative effort of 16 Western states to provide the public and industry a high-level overview of "crucial habitat" across the West.

The tool was launched Dec. 12, 2013, at the WGA Winter Meeting. In May of 2015 WGA transferred hosting and management responsibilities for the CHAT to the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA). The tool, now known as the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool, will continue to provide a high-level overview of “crucial habitat” across the West. It can be found online at wafwachat.org.