Combating Invasive Species

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 2016-05: Western Governors support coordinated invasive species management including early detection and rapid response programs to ensure that actions result in more on-the-ground prevention, management and eradication. Governors also call for increased accountability and oversight of federal invasive species programs and support the creation of a west-wide species inventory, including the development of data management standards, formats and protocols.

Species Conservation and the Endangered Species Act

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 2016-08: Western Governors recognize that species conservation and habitat protection can be enhanced through working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Department of the Interior, and local governments and stakeholders. Governors also believe that statutory changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) should be developed in a fashion that results in broad bipartisan support and maintains the intent of the ESA to conserve and recover imperiled species. Western Governors articulate seven broad goals they believe should drive improvements to species conservation and ESA.

Wild Horse and Burro Management

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 2015-01: Wild horses and burros are managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service. Increasingly, federal agencies have been unable to adequately manage wild horse and burro populations, both on-range and in holding facilities. Western Governors support thoughtful, appropriate and science-based management decisions for wild horse and burro management.

State Wildlife Science, Data and Analysis

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Western Governors’ Association Policy Resolution 2014-14: Western Governors direct the Western Governors’ Wildlife Council to continue its guidance in the development, management and implementation with partners of the state CHATs and Western Governors’ CHAT. Western Governors also urge federal agencies to work directly with states to obtain and use state fish and wildlife data and analyses as principal sources to inform their land use, land planning and related natural resource decisions.