Western Governors share policy recommendations related to forest management and strengthening the state-federal relationship with USDA and DOI

In response to the Biden Administration's Executive Order (EO), Strengthening the Nation's Forests, Communities, and Local Economies, Western Governors provided several policy resolutions related to state-federal collaboration and forest management with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI). The letter of June 30, signed by WGA Chair, Idaho Gov. Brad Little, and WGA Vice-Chair, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, encouraged the USDA and DOI to involve states in the execution of directives listed in the EO. "We are vitally interested in ensuring that these different efforts are pursued in a cohesive manner to reduce the risk of uncharacteristic wildfire and improve overall forest and rangeland health in western states," the letter read. "Improving state-federal communication and coordination is a goal that transcends party lines, and it is among the Governors' highest priorities." Read, download the letter for more details.

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