- Policy Platforms
The Working Lands Roundtable is a platform for WGA's work on natural resource policy, focusing on cross-boundary and multi-disciplinary resource management issues in the West. The Roundtable draws on the expertise of a wide range of resource management, landowner and conservation professionals to discuss strategies that enhance the resiliency of western working landscapes and the communities they support.
The Roundtable on April 3-4, 2019, in Denver included a keynote by Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Matt Lohr, roundtables examining at-risk species conservation, and a case study on multi-agency collaboration during the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs.
The launch webinar of the WGA Working Lands Roundtable outlined its mission to examine crosscutting policy issues, engage a broad coalition of stakeholders and continue the work of past WGA Chair Initiatives and policy priorities. The Roundtable will serve as the consolidating body for association efforts on drought, species conservation and the Endangered Species Act, forest and rangeland management, and biosecurity and invasive species. The Roundtable will include workshops, webinars, case studies and more.
The Working Lands Roundtable was launched in 2018 as a vehicle for the ongoing implementation of WGA's natural resource-focused initiatives. This special report details its extensive activity in 2019, including workshops and work on a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to pursue collaborative projects regarding wildfire response, vegetation management and invasive annual grasses.