The Western Governors’ Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative was launched by WGA Chairman and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead to: create a mechanism for states and stakeholders to share best practices in species management; promote the role of states in species conservation; and explore options for improving the efficacy of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The report synthesizes the information developed through the first year of the Initiative and organizes the ideas exchanged in Initiative workshops, webinars, case studies and questionaires into six themes.
The Appendix of the Initiative offers expanded detail shared by workshop participants during roundtables and breakout sessions held in Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado and Hawaii.
Digital wildlife information plays an increasingly important role in transportation planning and project implementation.The Western Governors’ Association and the Federal Highway Administration, in recognition of the growing importance of this trend, entered into an agreement in 2013 to identify opportunities to increase the transportation sector’s use of state and regional digital wildlife data. The result of that collaboration is the report, “Development of Sustainable Strategies Supporting Transportation Planning and Conservation Priorities."
More than 100 mule deer were being lost annually to wildlife-vehicle collisions along a stretch of Utah highway. In addition to the loss of life for deer and threat to human safety, each collision causes an average of more than $8,000 property damage.
Those outcomes prompted the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah Department of Transportation to work with the Bureau of Land Management and other entities to find solutions to the problem, which are documented in this case study produced with support from the Hewlett Foundation.
In 2007 the WGA approved the policy resolution, Protecting Wildlife Migration Corridors and Crucial Wildlife Habitat in the West. This resolution describes the importance of wildlife corridors and crucial habitat and asks the Western states, in partnership with important stakeholders, to identify key wildlife corridors and crucial wildlife habitats in the West and make recommendations on policy options and tools for preserving those landscapes.
This 2008 report is based on a multi-state effort that included six working groups, each of which was charged with developing findings and recommendations on various aspects of wildlife corridors and crucial habitat.