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Wyoming Gov Matt MeadWyoming Governor Matt Mead launched the Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative in 2015 in his capacity as Chairman of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA).  Since then, the Initiative has helped states share best practices in species management; promoted and elevated the role of states in species conservation efforts; and explored how to improve the efficacy of the Endangered Species Act. The Initiative has entered its second year, during which WGA will host a series of Work Sessions and Webinars to expand on the bipartisan dialogue and refine key themes identified in year one. Those interested in supporting or participating in the Initiative may send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Gov Matt Mead in CodyGov. Mead in CodyWorkshops played an integral role in the first year of the Western Governors' Species Conservation and ESA Initiative. Participants from across the region shared best practices and engaged in a robust conversation regarding species conservation and the ESA. Workshops were held in Wyoming, IdahoColorado and HawaiiGov. Matt Mead spoke in Cody, Wyo., while Gov. C.L."Butch" Otter addressed attendees in Boise, Idaho. Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke at the Denver workshop, where he was joined by Gov. Mead. Gov. David Ige delivered a keynote at the final workshop in Honolulu, Hawaii. Find links to videos of all the speeches and panel discussion on the Chairman's Initiative Workshops page


WGA recently hosted the webinar Collaborative Species Conservation in the Southeastas part of its series for year two of the Species Conservation and ESA Initiative. The webinar examined the role of trust and communication in species conservation efforts and the collective work of state, federal and industry partners to ensure the conservation of numerous species endemic to the southeastern U.S. Watch this webinar and find all of the webinars for the Initiative by visiting our Webinars page.



Trout Unlimited logoVisit this page to find best practices in species management, success stories and other news about species conservation.

The work of the Sage Grouse Initiative, Sand County Foundation, Trout Unlimited, Washington State Salmon Recovery Board and Idaho Fish and Game are just some of examples you'll find.

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Learn about the Western Governors' Association Species Conservation and ESA Initiative by contacting WGA at 303-623-9378 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.