The work of the Western Governors’ Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative, the central policy initiative of WGA Chair Hawaii Governor David Ige, will focus on the impacts that nuisance species, pests and pathogens have on ecosystems, forests, rangelands, watersheds, and infrastructure in the West. The Initiative will examine the role that biosecurity plays in addressing the risks posed by invasive species.
The Western Governors’ Workforce Development Initiative of South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, launched in 2017, leveraged the region’s best thinking to help bridge the gap between prospective workers and employers in the West. The Initiative also explored how to create enhanced career opportunities for students, graduates and displaced workers to help build a more vibrant regional economy.
The mission of the WGA Working Lands Roundtable is the ongoing implementation of WGA natural resource-focused initiatives. The Roundtable will examine crosscutting policy issues and engage a broad coalition of stakeholders to advance past Chair Initiatives and other policy priorities. The Roundtable was launched with a webinar and the inaugural event of the Roundtable was held in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
The Chair of the Western Governors’ Association may direct the organization to pursue a particular policy project or initiative. These “Chair Initiatives” typically leverage the deep expertise of the region to develop policy solutions to the most significant challenges facing the West. Past initiatives have included the National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative, Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative, and the Drought Forum.