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State of Energy in the West

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State of Energy 2013 coverWestern energy resources are vast and diverse. To inform the development and implementation of the 10-Year Energy Vision, this report published in 2013 provides a factual account of energy resources and issues in the West.

The central feature is a thorough overview of energy resource reserves and extraction, the infrastructure used to transport electricity and energy commodities, and the utilization of energy resources and technologies in the region. The book also discusses the importance of energy literacy and the potential of several promising energy technologies currently on the horizon.

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Annual Report 2013

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Annual Report 2013The Western Governors' Association Annual Report for 2013 examines the issues -- forest management, invasive species, energy transmission, endangered species -- that faced Western Governors during the year and how WGA worked to help resolve those issues.

In addition, you'll learn more about how WGA operates, including our fiscal year financial report, and read a message from Chairman, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, and WGA Executive Director Jim Ogsbury.

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Sage-Grouse Conservation Inventory (2012)

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Sage Grouse ReportWestern states, through the WGA and Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), have worked collaboratively to address challenges facing sage-grouse and their habitat since the passage of the Policy Resolution "Sage-Grouse and Sagebrush Conservation."

WGA and WAFWA created the first annual inventory in 2011 to illustrate how states and counties were taking proactive, voluntary steps to preclude the need to put the greater sage-grouse and Gunnison sage-grouse on the federal endangered species list. This second WGA report highlights new sage-grouse conservation activities in 2012.

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Water Transfers in the West

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Water Transfers ReportCities, industry, environmentalists and other water users are turning to voluntary, market-based water transfers as new demands stretch the West's limited water resources. The Western Governors passed a policy in 2011 recognizing the potential benefits of water transfers as well as concerns about the impacts of shifting water uses on rural communities.

This report from 2012 identifies leading practices for transferring water and highlights successful case studies from around the West. Water Transfers in the West helps states and practitioners share tools and identify the specific steps that states can consider in order to improve water transfer outcomes for agriculture, urban needs, and the environment.

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National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy: Phase III Risk Analysis Report

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riskanalysis-westernregion thumbnailThe National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (Cohesive Strategy), published in 2012, is a bold new national approach to the increasingly complex reality of wildland fire and land management, and fire response.

The Cohesive Strategy is being developed in response to a mandate under the Federal Land Assistance and Management and Enhancement Act (FLAME Act). The Cohesive Strategy was developed in response to growing concern over mounting annual costs of fighting wildfires, devastating wildland fire losses to communities, and concern about overall landscape health.

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Snapshot: Impact of Outdoor Recreation

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snapshot outdoor recreation economic impactWGA and five industry associations produced this economic snapshot of the sales of outdoor recreation equipment and services in the West and the nation. The report highlights jobs supported by the industry and tax revenues from related sales.

The study that included work by the Outdoor Industry Association, Motorcycle Industry Council, Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, and the National Marine Manufacturers Association marks the first time the non-motorized and motorized recreation industries have joined forces to provide a complete picture of the economic impact and importance of outdoor recreation for the economy in this 2012 report.

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Connecting Kids and Families to the West’s Great Outdoors

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connecting kids families great outdoorsPeople in the west are spending less time enjoying the region's great outdoor spaces. We have additional leisure time options not available a couple generations ago – gaming devices, 24 hour cable TV, movies on demand on mobile devices.

The "Get Out West Advisory Group" offers nine recommendations on actions Governors could take and roles they can play to help kids and young families connect to the West's outdoor opportunities and heritage in this 2012 report.

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The West's Competitive Advantage: Landscapes, Open Lands and Unique History

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The Western U.S. is blessed with world-class tourism and outdoor recreation assets. These assets generate a significant number of jobs and income for Western states (between 6-22% of total income, depending on the state). 

The Get Out West Advisory Group offers 10 recommendations in this 2012 report on actions Western Governors could take and roles they can play to help industry create jobs and revenues in the West. 

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