WGA Executive Director Jim Ogsbury offered testimony for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing, "Modernization of the Endangered Species Act," that called for "authentic partnership between the states and Services with respect to species listing."
The testimony submitted on Feb. 15, 2017, noted: "the ESA is premised on a strong state-federal partnership. Western Governors submit that such cooperation should involve full and authentic partnership between the states and Services with respect to species listing, critical habitat designations, establishment of recovery goals and delisting decisions."
In addition: "Having worked diligently for many years on species conservation on a bipartisan basis ...Western Governors recognize that much can be accomplished by collaborating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service to enact administrative changes to the Act."
Panelists at the hearing included: David D. Freudenthal, former Governor of Wyoming; Gordon S. Myers, Executive Director and President, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies; James Holte, President of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation; Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO, Defenders of Wildlife; Daniel M. Ashe, President and CEO, Association of Zoos and Aquariums. (Watch the hearing, download panelists' testimony.)