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Climate Adaptation Report

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climate-rpt2010The WGA climate adaptation report from 2010 emphasizes the need for coordination between state and federal efforts to identify key science that is Western-specific and begins to share and implement smart practices.

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Collaborative Conservation Strategies: Legislative Case Studies from Across the West

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lands06Western states contain vast tracts of publicly owned lands which impact the social and economic fabric of adjacent rural Western communities. As much of the West experiences population growth, the tension between growth and preservation has escalated for these lands and the communities.

This 2006 report traces the history of land conservation in the West and the case studies show how traditional adversaries in three Western communities were able to avoid impasse and come together to hammer out difficult compromises to accommodate most interests.

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Wireless Communications Interoperability Status

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After the WGA expressed concern about aspects of “Interstate Interoperability,” the Western Information Technology Council published a study in 2003 to collect information related to Federal Wireless Interoperability activities, assess the trends in the field, and make recommendations to the WGA relative to potential activities to reduce their interoperability concerns. 

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Prairie States Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership: A National Model for Rural Economic Recovery

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eda-rptThree regional organizations – the Comanche Pool Prairie Resource Foundation in Kansas, the High Plains Resource Conservation and Development District in Oklahoma, and the Texas Prairie Rivers Region – developed a successful track record for bringing together partners from multiple counties and states to solve common problems.

It was a natural extension of this informal alliance, bound by similar geographic and cultural traits, to band together as the Prairie States Coalition to address their mutual economic crisis. This 2003 report highlights their cooperative development efforts. 

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The Health Passport Project: Assessment and Recommendations

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passportThe Health Passport Project was a WGA-sponsored initiative that was conducted in North Dakota, Wyoming and Nevada.

This 2002 Executive Summary examines if the Passport accomplished its goals, which were to streamline access to and delivery of services and benefits while improving the health of individuals and their families.

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Transportation Futures: Rail Efficiency and Community Livability

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transportThe WGA Transportation Futures Task Force created a Working Group on Rail Efficiency and Community Livability in 1996.

The group's goal, reflected in this 1998 report, was to investigate ways to achieve the benefits of increasing rail freight volumes while minimizing negative impacts from that traffic on quality of life in communities along major rail corridors.

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Transportation Futures: The West's Economy on the Move

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futuresThe vast distances across the western United States highlight the critical importance of transportation in connecting the region's trade corridors, economic gateways and population centers.

The recommendations in this 1996 report decribe how Western states are thinking "smarter" as they shoulder thir transportation systems and infrastructure resposnsibilties.

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Grand Canyon Visibility Transport Commission: Recommendations for Improving Western Vistas

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canyonThe Colorado Plateau's national parks and wilderness areas provide a unique, panoramic visual experience for visitors from around the world. But that experience depends on maintaining high visual air quality in the region, which is threatened by haze resulting from projected growth over the next 50 years.

This 1996 report by the Grand Canyon Visibility Transport Commission analyzed the current conditions and developed an array of recommendations airmed at protecting clear days and reducing dirty days at national parks and wilderness areas.

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