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Initiative on Wildlife Corridors and Crucial Habitat

 

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Request for Expressions of Interest - Long term hosting of CHAT
UPDATED 7/30/14 - New Submittal Deadline now 8/29/14
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Interest Submittal Form and Webinar on Submitting EOIs

WEBINARSee a demonstration of our Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool.

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Available State CHATS

The Western Governors’ Wildlife Council, at the direction of the Governors, is developing 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 tool developed by the Wildlife Council is 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

 
Want to learn more? Consider watching a webinar. Are you an energy planner? This demonstration of the CHAT tool imagines how it might be used for energy projects. Watch. Do you work in conservation? Then check out this demonstration of CHAT's value in conservation planning. Watch. Ready to try CHAT?  Visit the website.

 

   

westgovchat.orgWestern Governors'
Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT)

In an effort to map crucial wildlife habitat across the West, the Western Governors' Wildlife Council has created an online GIS-mapping tool that helps planners in the energy, transportation, and land use arenas. The Western Governors' Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT) formally launched on Dec. 12, 2013 at westgovchat.org

Several states have released their own state CHATs that will display crucial wildlife and corridor information across the region. The state CHATs and Western Governors' CHAT will be non-regulatory, and will give project planners and the general public access to credible scientific data on a broad scale for use in project analysis, siting and planning. This includes large-scale development projects spanning multiple jurisdictions.

For information on the development and use of the Western Governors' CHAT, see the Wildlife Council White Paper.

For more information, watch a webinar, view our CHAT page or answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

 

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Advisory Groups

The Wildlife Council coordinates with federal land and natural resource management agencies through the State-Federal Implementation Group (SFIG), which was formed to implement a 2009 MOU between the Governors and the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy and Interior. The MOU calls for coordination among the agencies to support the development of the state CHATs. In June 2011 the Wildlife Council and SFIG signed an agreement to strengthen this coordination.

In 2010, the Council formed a Stakeholder Advisory Group for the purpose of acting as a sounding board for Council activities and products and to provide periodic briefings to the Council on issues of mutual interest. The advisory group’s tasks will evolve over time.