Policy Resolutions

Western Governors enact new policy resolutions and amend existing resolutions on a bi-annual basis.  WGA’s most recent resolutions can be found on this page and the following pages. Find resolutions by category using the choices offered in the sidebar.

National Forest and Rangeland Management

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 2016-01: Western states include more than 75 percent of our national forest and grassland system, so Western states have a strong interest in management of those lands. Western Governors believe in sustainable forest management across federal and nonfederal land that creates an equitable mix of uses to meet ecological, social and economic needs. Federal agencies are encouraged to fully implement the tools provided in the 2014 Farm Bill to achieve this goal in collaboration with states.

Transportation Infrastructure in the Western United States

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 2015-05: Western Governors support reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Board and encourage cooperation and planning that will facilitate investment in the western transportation network, avoid conflict between jurisdictions, and prevent work slowdowns at western ports.

Enhanced Oil Recovery

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 2015-06: Western Governors support policies and incentives that advance investment in Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects, infrastructure, technology and research. The President and Congress should enact federal incentives to increase CO2 supply available for the oil industry to purchase and use in EOR, and federal policies aimed to limit CO2 emissions should promote, and not impede, development and deployment of CO2 capture and commoditization.

Western Agriculture

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 2015-07: Western Governors express their support for programs that strengthen local farm families and communities, including programs for all agricultural working lands, forests, and rangelands. They also support state-driven targeted conservation with landscape scale approaches to address locally identified natural resource issues for farm, range, tropical and forest resource concerns on both private and public lands.

National Minerals Policy

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Western Governors’ Association Policy Resolution 2015-09: The Governors support building on the 1970 Mining and Minerals Policy Act with legislation and policies that unlock our mineral potential and ensure access to metals critical to U.S. economic and national security, in part by addressing the critical issue of permitting delays and the timely processing of mining permit applications.

Water Resource Management in the West

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Western Governors’ Association Policy Resolution 2015-08: States are the preeminent authority on water management within their boundaries, with the right to develop, use and distribute the surface water and groundwater located within their boundaries. Infrastructure investments are essential to our continued economic prosperity and environmental protection. Effective solutions to water resource challenges require an integrated approach among states and with federal, tribal and local partners.

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.

Methane Emissions Regulation

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Western Governors' Association Policy Resolution 2015-02: Many western state economies depend on oil and natural gas production for economic development. Western Governors recognize the environmental and economic benefits to reducing methane emissions and the opportunities for beneficial use of the natural resource. New federal regulations for methane emission reductions should recognize state authority under the Clean Air Act.