MEDIA COVERAGE: The Associated Press reported on the Senate Briefing (Governors: Make species delisting process more predictable) as did the Oil & Gas Journal and Gray TV. USAgnet reported on the Governors' meeting with the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
Sept. 29, 2015: Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock kicked off two days of Capitol Hill appearances by Western Governors today by discussing ways to improve the Endangered Species Act (ESA) before the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife.
Governors Bullock, right, and Mead The governors appeared before Fisheries, Water and Wildlife Chairman Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska at the briefing, which also included remarks from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Director Dan Ashe. The topic: "Improving the Endangered Species Act: Perspectives from the Fish and Wildlife Service and State Governors."
The briefing was the first of two appearances by Western Governors this week in Washington, D.C., organized by the Western Governors’ Association (WGA). Four Governors will appear on Wednesday, Sept. 30, before the House Natural Resources Committee to discuss “Respecting State Authority, Responsibilities and Expertise Regarding Resource Management and Energy Development.”
"We value our wildlife. It's part of our quality of life in the West, in many ways it's why we live there," said Gov. Mead, who as WGA Chairman has made improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the ESA his Chairman's Initiative. "But we also value our economy. It's hard to deal with the constant uncertainty caused by the ESA."
Gov. Bullock noted the importance of encouraging the voluntary work so critical to the recent decision not to list the greater sage-grouse. "The question increasingly is 'What more can be done to incent voluntary conservation to keep a species from being listed in the first place?' "
Gov. Mead echoed that sentiment by saying "The greater sage-grouse ruling