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Best of the West: Utah bans drones over wildfires, rare moonbow captured, Tesla autopilot crash

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haydenpassspaceColorado's Hayden Pass FireWildfires continue to dominate the news across the West:

  • Utah lawmakers have approved the first bill in the U.S. that authorizes the disabling of drones that fly too close to wildfires and interfere with water-dropping operations. 
  • Meanwhile, the Cold Springs Fire, which two out-of-state campers have been charged with igniting, has destroyed eight homes outside of Boulder, Colo. And an astronaut tweeted photos taken from space of the nearby Hayden Pass Fire.
  • Earlier in the week, two federal firefighters were killed and another injured in a car crash returning from duties in Nevada. 
  • See the latest updates on major fires burning across the West here, and learn more about Western Governors' work on the issue of "fire-borrowing" in our Annual Report.

Here are the other western stories for the week starting July 11, 2016, that you don't want to miss: (More)

LISTEN: Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead discusses first year of Species Conservation and ESA Initiative, next steps

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Gov Mead at Resolution Session AudioWyoming Gov. Matt Mead discussed the first year of his Western Governors' Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative at WGA's 2016 Annual Meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Gov. Mead told attendees: "If we care about species, if we care about conservation, we should also care about the Endangered Species Act, and we should care about it operating at the best level possible."

Gov. Mead also released a Special Report and video on the first year of his central policy initiative, and expressed that work has just begun. "I refuse to accept that something so important as the Endangered Species Act can't be improved upon. I am not going to go forward in a timid fashion."

Listen to Gov. Mead's Keynote

Learn more about the Western Governors' Species Conservation and ESA Initiative.

Listen to new WGA Chairman Montana Gov. Steve Bullock preview his National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative.

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Drought Update: California sitting on 'hidden water bonanza,' Oregon drought markers dip

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droughtmonitor712A Stanford University study suggests that California may have three times more groundwater located in deep aquifers than previously estimated.

The research says this vast water source, which the Los Angeles Times called a possible "hidden water bonanza," is 1,000 to 3,000 feet underground. This 'bonanza' for the drought-stricken state would come at a high cost. Tapping such a deep aquifer would require a lot of money and expertise and possibly also desalination if the water quality is not acceptable. Learn more

The Western Governors' Drought Forum was the Chairman's Initiative of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. Part of the Initiative's continuing effort is to share the latest news about drought and its impact on the West.

Executive Director's Notebook: Gov. Otter's trail ride turns Idaho high country into breathtaking classroom

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ED Notebook JimOgsbury Governor Butch OtterGov. Otter insisted on sharing a shirt with me to ensure a comfortable trail rideSince his days in Congress, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has assembled federal agency officials, ranchers, other public and private stakeholders, and opinion leaders for an annual trail ride deep into the heart of the Gem State. A principal purpose of this yearly horseback excursion is to conduct an on-the-ground examination of public land and resource management issues. Governor Otter presented a video documenting the ride at WGA’s 2015 Winter Meeting in Las Vegas. Captivated by the imagery of cowboys saddling up and riding off into the wilderness, I wanted to be part of it.

My artless efforts to secure an invitation paid off when I was asked to join the governor and his posse for the recent 2016 ride in the Copper Basin, (More)

Best of the West: Alberta wildfire's historic cost, earthquake 'Holy Grail' destroyed, Bundy trial advances

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The Western Governors' Association keeps you updated on news of the West. Here are western stories for the week starting July 4, 2016, that you don't want to miss:

ftmcmurrayalbertaFort McMurray FireAlberta's Record Fire: Two months later, Alberta's massive Fort McMurray wildfire is officially 'under control,' but the damage left behind is staggering. The total costs are estimated at nearly $3.6 billion, making the wildfire the costliest insured disaster in Canadian history.

Western Blazes: A series of wildfires in California have burned through more than 50,000 acres, though crews are making substantial containment gains. Meanwhile, Colorado's 13,000-acre Beaver Creek Fire is still raging, pushing containment estimates back to mid-October. See the latest updates on other major fires burning across the West here.

Bundy Trial Stays on Schedule: A federal judge has denied (More)

WGA's Jim Ogsbury delivers Western Governors' concerns about BLM Planning 2.0 at House Natural Resources hearing

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Jim O answerJim OgsburyMEDIA COVERAGE: The Capital Press reported on WGA’s testimony, including the fact that the rule fails to honor the legally protected role of governors in planning. More

WGA Executive Director Jim Ogsbury shared the perspective of Western Governors that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Planning 2.0 Initiative proposal creates "confusion rather than clarity, less transparency rather than more" at a hearing before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Ogsbury's July 7 testimony asserted that the proposal will have "opposite effects from what it intended"  and "presents serious challenges and contains significant shortcomings," including (More)

WGA concerned with changes to proposed rule on petition process for endangered and threatened species

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The Western Governors' Association shared comments on June 30, 2016, with Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Eileen Sobeck, Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries, in regard to the rulemaking, "Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revisions to the Regulations for Petitions."

The comments expressed the Western Governors' concern with the withdrawal of several important provisions in the initial version of the proposed rule, and recommended the Services reinsert portions of the initial proposed rule that invites greater engagement with states when implementing the Endangered Species Act. WGA emphasized, "States should be full partners with the Services in listing, recovery and delisting decisions. This includes using state fish and wildlife data and analyses as principal sources in ESA decisions." 

The outreach explained that the Services calling for state data early in the petition process and then making its consideration discretionary offers "no meaningful change to the process."

Read, download the comments. 

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Best of the West: Wildfire death toll grows, guilty plea in Oregon refuge standoff, Western population boom

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Wildfire map for bowClick on the map for western wildfire updates from the U.S. Forest ServiceThe discovery of two bodies makes the California death toll four in the wake of wildfires that have burned more than 60,000 acres and destroyed more than 100 homes. Find out where some 4,000 firefighters are battling 12 wildfires in the state. Also: San Diego County officials are caring for animals left behind by owners forced to evacuate. (More) Updates on other western wildfires:

  • Colorado: The Beaver Creek fire near the Wyoming border has moved from Routt National Forest into the Mount Zirkel Wilderness, where it could burn until August.
  • Idaho: The Boise Foothills wildfire, which by mid-morning Thursday had grown to 2,500 acres and destroyed a home, was caused by fireworks.
  • Montana: The Ravalli County Commission has declared a state of emergency as the Observation fire in the Bitterroot Valley doubled in size and moved closer to homes.
  • Utah: The Saddle Fire in the southwestern part of the state, which had reached 1,540 acres, is now 21% contained.

More western stories for the week starting June 27, 2016: (More)

Department of Energy, Western Governors' Association renew agreement to ensure safe transportation of transuranic waste

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DOE Photo of WIPP with drums of wasteDrums of transuranic waste bring prepared at WIPP for loading into transportation containers (Photo: Department of Energy)The Western Governors' Association and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this week renewed their cooperative agreement to coordinate and oversee shipments, and provide training to safety officials for transportation of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M.

The WIPP Transportation Technical Advisory Group includes Governor-appointed state officials from 12 western states.

WGA serves as the primary point of contact to DOE on the shipment of TRU to WIPP, as well as on inter-site transfers between DOE facilities. TRU is low-level, defense-generated radioactive waste.

The five-year renewal extends the agreement to June 30, 2021.

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Western Governors applaud EPA decision to not add regulations for stormwater discharges from forest roads

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EPA LogoWestern Governors strongly support this week's decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that no additional regulations are needed to address stormwater discharges from forest roads under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

Western Governors sent comments on Feb. 12, 2016, to EPA in response to the agency's request for Information on Existing Programs That Protect Water Quality From Forest Road Discharges. The comments, which highlighted the federally-recognized authority of states to manage and allocate water within their boundaries, asserted that “EPA should leave the management of stormwater discharges from forest roads to the states, unless otherwise determined by a specific state." (More)

LISTEN: New WGA Chairman Gov. Steve Bullock announces National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative

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Governor Bullock KeynoteWestern Governors' Association Chairman, Montana Governor Steve Bullock, announced the National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative at WGA's 2016 Annual Meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Gov. Bullock told attendees the initiative will, among other things, examine the existing forest and rangeland management framework for strengths and weaknesses and provide a venue to share western experiences and experimentation.

Additional information about the Chairman's Initiative of Gov. Bullock, including the dates and locations of regional workshops, will be announced in the coming weeks and available on the WGA website.

Listen to Gov. Bullock's Keynote

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Learn more about the work of the Western Governors by reviewing our policy outreach and visiting the blog. You can also sign up for e-mail updates and follow the Western Governors' Association on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

DOWNLOAD: Western Governors' Association 2016 Annual Report

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2016annualreportcoverThe Western Governors' Association 2016 Annual Report illuminates the varety of regional policy issues that the Western Governors have worked on during the past year, including:

  • Species Management: The Western Governors' Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative, Greater sage-grouse, wild horse and burro management;
  • Water: Year two of the Western Governors' Drought Forum, the U.S. Forest Service's proposed groundwater directive, protecting water quality from forest road discharges;
  • Transportation: Infrastructure funding, Positive Train Control, reauthorization of the Surface Trasportation Board;
  • State-Federal Relationship: BLM Planning 2.0, public involvement in Forest Service Directives, National Seed Policy;
  • Energy & Air: Enhanced oil recovery, methane emissions, renewable energy leasing revenues, Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard;
  • Mining: Cleaning up abandoned mines, National Minerals Policy, duplicative financial assurance requirements for hard rock mining;
  • Forest & Rangeland Health, Wildfires: Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act, "fire-borrowing."

The report also offers insight into how WGA operates, including our fiscal year financial report, and features essays by the 2016 WGA Chairman, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, as well as WGA Executive Director Jim Ogsbury.

Read, download the 2016 Annual Report

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Best of the West: Raging wildfires burn fast-growing acreage; California snowmelt comes up short; National Parks vandal sentenced

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Wildfire season is beginning to rage across the West, with the three largest blazes in Arizona and New Mexico. 

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has declared a state of emergency to free up funds to help fight the Cedar Fire, which has consumed more than 42,000 acres. The fire is currently 24% contained and expected to grow by about 2,500 acres daily in the near future. Meanwhile, the Brown Fire outside of Tuscon has burned more than 15,000 acres and is 65% contained. In New Mexico, some evacuees of the Dog Head Fire are beginning to return home as the almost 18,000-acre fire is now 68% contained.

Major wildfires also are raging in (More)

WGA Executive Director Jim Ogsbury testifies about 'shortcomings' in BLM Planning 2.0 proposal at Senate hearing

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ogs3Western Governors' Association Executive Director Jim Ogsbury shared the perspective of Western Governors that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Planning 2.0 Initiative proposal has "significant shortcomings" at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Ogsbury's June 21 testimony noted that the proposal, as drafted, also "presents serious challenges," including a lack of state consultation and transparency. 

Ogsbury elaborated: (More)

WGA Annual Meeting Day 3: New Chairman Gov. Bullock announces Forest Initiative, Governors release policy resolutions

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WGA 06 14 2016 9478Newly-elected WGA Chairman, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, announced his policy initiative

MEDIA COVERAGE: The Associated Press covered the change in WGA leadership, including Gov. Bullock's new initiative.

Western Governors elected Montana Gov. Steve Bullock Chairman and approved seven policy resolutions on the final day of the 2016 Annual Meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo. (More)

WGA Annual Meeting Day 2: Jewell and Moniz keynotes, Chairman's Initiative resolution, innovation and biosecurity roundtables

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WGA 06 13 2016 8303MEDIA COVERAGE: WyoFile and the Casper Star-Tribune covered Secretary Moniz's keynote, while Bloomberg BNA covered Secretary Jewell's keynote. Also: Read these Jackson Hole News and Guide stories on Gov. Mead's Initiative session and the innovation panel.

Western Governors heard keynotes by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and engaged with industry experts on innovation and biosecurity issues during day two of the 2016 Annual Meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

The Governors also released (More)

Gov. Mead releases Chairman's report, policy resolution on Species Conservation and ESA Initiative

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MEDIA COVERAGE: Read this Jackson Hole News and Guide story on Gov. Mead's Initiative session at the Annual Meeting.

WGA Chairman and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead released the report on the first year of the Western Governors’ Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative and announced a policy resolution that will guide the Governors' continuing work to improve the efficiency of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

"If you care, as Western Governors do, about species and conservation, you also have to care (More)

WGA Annual Meeting Day 1: Moving keynote by Dayton Duncan highlights National Parks celebration

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Dayton DuncanDayton DuncanA celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, including a moving speech by historian Dayton Duncan (listen), highlighted the first day of the Western Governors' Association 2016 Annual Meeting in Wyoming.

"The National Park idea says it doesn’t matter if your parents came over on the Mayflower or your parents just arrived," Duncan told attendees. "Each one of you, is the owner of some of the best seafront property this nation has ...You own awesome views of stunning mountains and breathtaking canyons. They belong to you. And all that is required in return is that you put it in your will for your children so that they can have it too."

Opening day of the meeting in Jackson Hole also featured (More)

Western Governors celebrate National Parks at Annual Meeting in Jackson Hole

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Denver Gov Mead Making Point with MediaGov. Matt Mead The Western Governors' Association 2016 Annual Meeting is ready to kick off in Wyoming with a celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, featuring a keynote by historian Dayton Duncan.

WGA will offer live updates on Twitter using the hashtag #wga16 and will also publish daily reports.

WGA Chairman and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is hosting the three-day meeting at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyo., which also will include the governor's report on the first year of his Chairman's Initiative, (More)

Best of the West: Wildfires blaze in Arizona, Oregon; Northwest prepares for 'The Big One;' Nevada tests drone taxis

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The Western Governors' Association keeps you updated on news of the West. Here are western stories for the week starting June 6, 2016, that you don't want to miss:

akawana fireOregon wildfireJune Blazes: Wildfire season has arrived in the West. A 700-acre wildfire in Arizona has forced 250 residents to evacuate the town of Yarnell, which in 2013 was the scene of one of the deadliest wildfires in history when 19 Hotshots were killed. In Oregon, a blaze spanning 2,100 acres is threatening 1,200 homes and expected to continue to grow.

Drone Taxi: A Chinese company will test its passenger-carrying drone system in Nevada.

Cascadia Rising: Governors Kate Brown (Oregon), Jay Inslee (Washington), and Butch Otter (Idaho) joined about 20,000 people in a region-wide disaster exercise to help prepare for "The Big One," an overdue 9.0 magnitude earthquake and its resulting tsunami.

Ski Record: Strong marketing by Vail Resorts and early snow helped Utah ski resorts draw their largest crowd ever. Learn how many millions of skiiers visited this season.

Smoking Limit: California has followed Hawaii's lead to become the second state in the nation to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21.

See last week's Best of the West.

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Western Governors support policies aimed at developing enhanced oil recovery technology

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Western Governors have reiterated their support, in a recent letter to Congressional leadership, for policy that would deploy responsible use of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) using carbon dioxide.

The Governors' outreach on June 3, 2016 encouraged efforts to develop federal policy, such as the Carbon Capture Act, aimed at spurring deployment of EOR technology.

The letter to Rep. Mike Conaway and Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Shelley Moore Capito emphasized that EOR technology has proven to be "safe and effective," adding: "Western Governors stand behind federal policies that enable development of new commercial carbon capture and pipeline projects in a cost effective manner."

The Governors also cited their policy resolution, Enhanced Oil Recovery: "In recognition of the environmental and economic benefits of EOR, Western Governors support policies and incentives that advance investment in EOR projects, infrastructure, technology, and research."

Read, download the full letter

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Best of the West: Thunderbirds jet crash at Air Force graduation, Alberta homecoming, parks equal money in Montana

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Here are western stories for the week starting May 30, 2016, that you don't want to miss:

thunderbird crash colorado 2016 002Flyover Fright: It's a tradition for a Thunderbirds fighter jet to do a flyover at the Air Force Academy graduation. It's decidedly out of character for one of the jets to crash. But that's what happened Thursday just south of Colorado Springs. No one was injured, but here's what happened.

Home, Sweet, Home: This week saw the return of the first wave of evacuees to Fort McMurray and surrounding communities in the wake of the massive wildfires in Alberta. See how it went.

Parks Polling Well: A new poll reveals (More)

Western Governors concerned by BLM's ongoing lack of state consultation in Planning 2.0 Initiative

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US DOI BLM logoWestern Governors remain concerned over the lack of "early, meaningful and substantial state involvement" in the development of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Planning 2.0 Initiative.

The Governors' latest outreach on May 25, 2016, commented on the BLM's proposed rule, Resource Management Planning. The agency's stated goal of the Proposal was to clarify existing language, address landscape-scale issues, and more effectively involve the public and other governmental entities. The Governors countered that "this attempt at clarity has failed," and instead creates more confusion and reduces transparency.

In their comments, the Governors question whether (More)

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's book: 'The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics'

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Opposite Of Woe Hickenlooper book coverColorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, like many Western Governors, is a great storyteller. So perhaps it's no surprise that he assembled the many stories of his life into the memoir "The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics."

The book from Penguin Press, which goes on sale May 24, traces the Governor's early years in Philadelphia, a winding educational road through Wesleyan University, his first job as a geologist in Denver, and how the layoff from that position ultimately led him to politics. (Read a review in the Denver Post.)

Before the ballot box, though, Gov. Hickenlooper helped launch the Wynkoop Brewery, Denver's first brewpub, by the skin of his teeth and then drove it toward the enormous success it now enjoys. After his role in a variety of civic ventures, (More)

Best of the West: Lake Mead at record low, California drops water rules, Alberta wildfire still spreading, self-driving big-rigs

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boatdocksLake Mead boat docks I Las Vegas Review-JournalLake Mead has hit a new record low and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation forecasters expect its surface to drop another two feet through the end of June. This news has Arizona, California and Nevada officials considering the possibility of transferring Colorado River water to the reservoir. 

In other drought news, California has lifted its unprecedented mandatory water restrictions and will now allow individual water districts to set their own conservation targets. This move marks a major shift in the state's water policy.

Here are more western stories for the week starting May 16, 2016, that you don't want to miss: (More)

Western Governors celebrating National Parks' Centennial, exploring biosecurity challenges and economic development at Annual Meeting in Jackson Hole

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Grand TetonA celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, as well as insightful conversations on biosecurity challenges and innovative economic development, will highlight the Western Governors' Association 2016 Annual Meeting hosted by Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead June 12-14 in spectacular Jackson Hole, Wyo.

The robust agenda developed for the three-day meeting at the Snow King Resort also features a roundtable on Western innovations and a special report on the Western Governors' Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative, the Chairman's Initiative of Gov. Mead.

Ten Western Governors already have indicated they will attend. In addition to Gov. Mead, WGA's Chairman, others include: (More)

Western Governors again seek partnership with BLM, Forest Service in Section 368 energy corridor designation process

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transmissionsunsetWestern Governors have reiterated their desire to work with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) on the energy corridor designation process for Section 368 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

The Governors' latest outreach, sent on May 17, 2016, to BLM Director Neil Kornze and USFS Chief Thomas Tidwell, inquired about the status of the Section 368 energy corridors and requested a "substantive partnership" in the designation process and incorporation of energy corridors into land use plans. (More)

Species Spotlight: Collaborative conservation puts Columbian white-tailed deer on road to recovery

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bigcwtdThe Columbian white-tailed deer began to decline in the Pacific Northwestern United States in the early 1900s due to unrestricted hunting and land conversion. Once numbering in the tens of thousands, less than 1,000 of the deer existed by 1975 when they were listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

This installment of Species Spotlight examines the conservation actions of state, local and private partners to help recover the Douglas County and the Columbia River distinct population segments (DPS) of the Columbian white-tailed deer to the point of delisting and proposed delisting under the ESA.

CONSERVATION ACTIONS

Columbian white-tailed deer are threatened by both habitat modification and over-predation. After the species was listed under the ESA in 1975, wildlife managers and local partners began to reduce predation by (More)

Governors encourage development of western drought relief legislation

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senateenrlogoWestern Governors have reiterated the need for a "comprehensive, west-wide response to drought and water security" to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

The letter to Senators Lisa Murkowski and Maria Cantwell emphasized, "Nineteen western states are experiencing water shortages because of extended drought. The challenge is clearly diverse in implication and region-wide in scope."

The Governors asked that the letter be included in the record for the May 17 Water and Power Subcommittee Hearing on Pending Legislation, which will include testimony on the "California Long-Term Provisions for Water Supply and Short-Term Provisions for Emergency Drought Relief Act" (S. 2533). Watch a recording of the hearing here.

The outreach to the committee also included a previous letter with recommended solutions and shared the WGA policy resolution, Water Resource Management in the West.

Read, download the letter.

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WATCH VIDEO: State wildlife agencies' immense impact on species conservation

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State wildlife agencies have an unparalleled positive impact on wildlife conservation, starting with an annual aggregate budget of $5.6 billion. State wildlife agencies employ nearly 50,000 employees and enlist 190,000 volunteers each year to manage 990,000 square miles of wildlife habitat. These numbers underline the tremendous impact of state-led conservation by agencies that improve habitat, manage wildlife and restore endangered species for future generations to enjoy. (More)

Best of the West: Alberta wildfire "out of control," EPA issues methane limits, Fish and Wildlife Service drops Lesser Prairie Chicken appeal

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The Western Governors' Association keeps you updated on news of the West. Here are western stories for the week starting May 9, 2016, that you don't want to miss:

d6ff1871 76eb 40d3 9ec1 2b0e41f4717cAlberta Ablaze: The Fort McMurray wildfire has been classified as "out of control" by the Alberta government, whose latest update cites the burn at more than 884 square miles. Find out why it will take months to extinguish and how it has managed to send Canadian natural gas prices to a record low.

Methane Regulations: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just issued new Clean Air Act regulations that directly limit emissions of methane. Although Western Governors are reviewing the new rule, they previously weighed in on this critical issue via the policy resolution, Methane Emissions Regulation, which emphasizes (More)