The Western Governors’ Association released the Year Two Report for the Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act) Initiative at its Annual Meeting in Whitefish, Montana.
The first year of the Initiative, launched in 2015 by then-Chairman Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, culminated in the approval of the policy resolution, Species Conservation and the Endangered Species Act.
The Year Two Report focuses on the issues highlighted in a series of subsequent work sessions. The themes from those stakeholder discussions were:
Incentivizing voluntary conservation;
Listing, critical habitat designation, recover and delisting;
The role of state and local governments in species conservation and ESA implementation;
Best available science.
In addition, the Western Governors have released a series of Recommendations, which suggest means of implementing the policy principles in the Policy Resolution through targeted statutory, regulatory/administrative, and funding-related avenues. Read, download the Recommendations.