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Managing The Region's Recreation Assets

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gow-managingassetsSuccessfully managing the West's recreation assets is a key factor in facilitating positive outdoor recreation experiences for the region's citizens and tourists and for local economic development and job creation in communities around these places.

The recreation managers interviewed and members of the Get Out West's Advisory Group recommend in this 2012 report that Western Governors work together to ensure that the West's unparalleled recreation assets continue to provide wonder and enjoyment – and the foundation for a powerful economic sector – for generations to come. 

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Recreation Assets: Case Studies

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The Get Out West! initiative interviewed 24 recreation managers from a range of jurisdictions and geographic areas to identify their recommendations for how to continue to provide world-class recreation opportunities despite ever-changing conditions.

Interviewees were selected by an advisory group for having demonstrated especially innovative responses to recreation management challenges. this report highlights these innovative approaches to managing recreation assets.

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Meeting Renewable Energy Targets in the West at Least Cost: The Integration Challenge

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Meeting Renewable Energy TargetsThe Western Governors' Association commissioned this report to explore ways to reduce costs to the region's electricity consumers for integrating wind and solar, identify barriers to adopting these measures, and recommend possible state actions.

Prepared by Regulatory Assistance Project for WWGA, the preparation of this report was financed in part by funds provided by The Energy Foundation. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability supported the participation of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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Renewable Resources and Transmission in the West: Interviews on the Western Renewable Energy Zones

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Renewable Resources and TransmissionThis is the Western Renewable Energy Zones (WREZ) Phase III Report to the Western Governors.

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Inventory of State and Local Governments’ Conservation Initiatives for Sage Grouse

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sg cover 01 2012This first annual inventory report provides a catalog of sage-grouse habitat management approaches implemented by state and local authorities, as well as by local partnerships committed to on-the-ground action to conserve sage-grouse.

The Western Governors' Wildlife Council recommends that state and local governments and their partners review the elements included in this inventory and give strong consideration to the initiatives recorded here when strengthening their own state sage-grouse conservation efforts.

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Water Resources Infrastructure Strategies

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Water Resources Infrastructure StrategiesThis 2011 report summarizes the findings and opinions expressed at the symposium "Western Water Resources Infrastructure Strategies: Identifying, Prioritizing and Financing Needs," held in November of 2010. More than 100 federal, state and local officials, private consultants, investment bankers and other  stakeholders gathered to discuss the challenges facing the West and the Nation.

No attempt has been made to develop or express any consensus. The findings and recommendations do not constitute the views or policy positions of the Western States Water Council or Western Governors, except as otherwise expressed in reports or formal WSWC and WGA policy statements.

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Nuclear Energy

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nuclearenergyrepcov-smIn April of 2011 WGA convened a workshop on Nuclear Energy in the West with experts from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Electric Power Research Institute and other groups.

This report focuses on the role for and challenges associated with nuclear energy, and how states can contemplating the potential development of new, advanced nuclear energy production in the West.

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