LETTER: Governors request Interior establish preference for state-based mitigation programs

Western Governors sent a letter on Dec. 1, 2015, to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell requesting that the Department of the Interior (DOI) establish a preference for state-based mitigation programs where they meet or exceed core DOI mitigation requirements. "Existing state programs ensure that regional and state resources are consistently and strategically implemented at the landscape scale," the Governors wrote in a letter signed by WGA Chairman and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, WGA Vice Chair and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Co-Chairman of the Sage Grouse Task Force. "This preference would allow funding to be invested in conservation instead of redundant planning. It reduces uncertainty and costs to industry, private landowners and other implementers of mitigation projects." Read, download the Letter


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