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 Chairman’s Initiative of South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard will leverage the region’s best thinking to bridge the gap between prospective workers and employers in the West. The goal will be to create enhanced career opportunities for students, graduates and displaced workers to help build a more vibrant regional economy.
The Chairman’s Initiative of Montana Governor Steve Bullock creates a mechanism for states and land managers to share best practices and policy options for forest and rangeland management. The work of the initiative positions Western Governors to recommend congressional efforts to improve forest management and encourage effective collaboration throughout the West.
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead launched this initiative in 2015 in his capacity as WGA Chairman. After the first year of the Initiative, WGA developed a multi-year work plan, issued a Year Two Report and hosted a series of workshops and webinars to advance the objectives of the Initiative based on the Policy Resolution, "Species Conservation and the Endangered Species Act."
The Chairman’s Initiative of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, launched in 2014, fostered a regional dialogue in which states shared best practices on drought policy, preparedness and management. WGA continues to develop an online drought resource library, including webinars and drought tools.