By Jim Ogsbury
The past several months have been frenetic but productive for the Western Governors’ Association. Consider the following:
The Western Governors' Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative of WGA Chairman and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is in full throttle. Initiative-sponsored discussions are engaging a broad range of stakeholders, from conservationists and environmentalists to industry and agriculture representatives, from state and federal officials to lawyers and biologists. Because these conversations are led by Western Governors, they are remarkably civil and constructive. The Chairman's Initiative has conducted four workshops across the West (Cody, Wyo.; Boise, Idaho; Denver, Colo., and Honolulu, Hawaii) and a series of webinars. It is designed to inform future gubernatorial policy on species conservation and the ESA.
The policy arm of WGA has been working in overdrive to communicate (More)