Conversations on how to improve the efficacy of the Endangered Species Act, curb biosecurity threats, encourage innovation in the West, and the National Park Service Centennial highlighted the 2016 Annual Meeting in Wyoming.

WGA Chairman and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead hosted his fellow Western Governors at Snow King Resort in Jackson, Wyoming, which included keynote addresses by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and historian Dayton Duncan.

Gov. Mead released the first-year report of the Western Governors’ Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative and announced a policy resolution that will guide the Governors' work on the ESA. The Governors released seven resolutions in all. Read updates on Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.


Western Governors at the meeting, hosted by Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, included: Steve Bullock (Montana, WGA Vice Chair), Doug Ducey (Arizona), C.L. "Butch" Otter (Idaho), John Hickenlooper (Colorado), Brian Sandoval (Nevada), Jack Dalrymple (North Dakota), Dennis Daugaard (South Dakota), and Gary R. Herbert (Utah).

Keynote on National Parks

Dayton Duncan


Award-winning author and filmmaker Dayton Duncan, who co-produced with Ken Burns the acclaimed documentary series on the National Parks, talked about the origins of “American’s Best Idea.”

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