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LETTER: Western Governors’ Wildlife Council highlights improved habitat connectivity to USDOT

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The Western Governors’ Wildlife Council sent a letter on Apr. 3, 2012, to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to commend the inclusion of “improved habitat connectivity” in the list of environmentally sustainable criteria for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary funds provided through the 2012 Appropriations Act. The letter explained: "Funds provided through the TIGER program not only make highways safer for the public and for wildlife but also boost the economies of Western states through job creation." 

LETTER: National Travel and Tourism Strategy

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Western Governors sent a letter on Mar. 13, 2012, to Commerce Secretary John Bryson and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in support of comments the Western States Tourism Policy Council submitted to the Task Force on Travel and Competitiveness on the development of a National Travel and Tourism Strategy. The Governors called the Council’s comments informative and praised them for focusing on strategies for enhancing the capacity of federal lands to increase tourism related travel and provide jobs and income in neighboring rural communities. 

LETTER: Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation

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Western Governors sent a letter on Feb. 16, 2012, to Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey, chairman of the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR), to applaud the federal government’s efforts to coordinate recreation policies, programs and procedures. The Governors noted that FICOR has a historic opportunity to break away from “business as usual” and break down traditional stovepipes that frustrate citizens who want to enjoy the nation’s public and private lands for recreation. The letter emphasized: "We should set a goal to work toward a seamless system that integrates federal and state information, permitting, and requirements through joint portals based upon geographic location." 

LETTER: Governors higlight visa and foreign-visitor processing, travel and tourism

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Western Governors sent a letter on Feb. 7, 2012, to President Barack Obama regarding his Executive Order establishing visa and foreign-visitor processing goals and a task force on travel and competitiveness. The Governors encouraged the President to add critical Western issues to the list of actions he tasked the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to explore in developing the implementation plan. 

LETTER: Western Electric Industry Leaders

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Washington Governor and Western Governors' Association (WGA) Chair Christine Gregoire sent a letter on Jan. 24, 2012, to the Western Electric Industry Leaders to request a report at the WGA Annual Meeting on the scope and magnitude of actions the industry has taken or is contemplating taking to lower wind and solar integration costs to consumers.