Western Governors have agreed to six new policy resolutions on a variety of issues that range from Species of Concern and Candidate Species to Regional Wildfire Fighting Resources.
The new resolutions approved by the Governors on June 11, 2014, were announced by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, the incoming WGA Chairman, at the 2014 Western Governors’ Association Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, hosted by outgoing WGA Chairman, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Respecting State Authority and Expertise: Except as mandated by Congress, the management of resources through the establishment of environmental standards and natural resource planning goals, as well as the means of achieving those standards and goals, should be left to the states.
Regional Wildfire Fighting Resources: Western Governors believe western states should work together to identify options to expand the availability and sharing of wildfire firefighting resources.
Species of Concern and Candidate Species: Western Governors believe that states need clear, concrete guidance from Fish & Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service about the requirements of conservation plans in meeting minimum conservation goals.
Federal Agreements with Western States: The federal government should honor its historic agreements with states and counties in the West to compensate them for state and local impacts associated with federal land use and nontaxable lands within their borders that are federally owned.
State Clean Air Act Authority and Air Quality Regulation: States have significant regulatory responsibility under the Clean Air Act and are tasked with developing implementation plans to accomplish CAA objectives.
State Wildlife Science, Data and Analysis: Western Governors direct the Western Governors’ Wildlife Council to continue its guidance in the development, management and implementation with partners of the state CHATs and Western Governors’ CHAT.
To read and download these resolutions and previous resolutions, visit the Policies page on the WGA website.