A central goal of the Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative launched in 2015 by Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead was to enable a transparent conversation among a diverse array of stakeholders.
WGA achieved that by holding regional workshops in the West that were livestreamed and welcomed media coverage, so that the work of the Initiative could be widely shared. Webinars on the issues further broadened the audience.
So the Western Governors were heartened by a March 3, 2017, letter sent by the Western Agriculture and Conservation Coalition that states their "support for the process employed by Governor Mead and WGA to find ways to make the ESA work better for the environment and landowners."
The Coalition represents a dozen organizations -- including the likes of the Environmental Defense Fund, Family Farm Alliance, and The Nature Conservancy -- active in the Western United States seeking collaborative solutions to natural resource issues.
The letter from Coalition Director Jeff Eisenberg to current WGA Chair and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock additionally notes: "The Initiative is still in process ... (and) our Coalition will need to consider any policy recommendations that may be advanced by the Initiative before taking any positions on them. That said, we appreciate the transparent, inclusive process employed by Governor Mead and WGA so far and look forward to reviewing any proposals that result from it."
Western Agriculture and Conservation Coalition membership includes: Arizona Cattlemen's Association, California Farm Bureau Federation, Environmental Defense Fund, Family Farm Alliance, Irrigation Association, The Nature Conservancy, Public Lands Council, Trout Unlimited, Wyoming Stock Growers Association, California Agricultural Irrigation Association, Montana Stockgrowers Association, and K-Coe Isom, LLC.