WGA urges multi-jurisdictional coordination for Greater sage-grouse management

In a letter to Patricia Deibert, the Acting National Sage-grouse Coordinator for the Bureau of Land Management, the Western Governors’ Association urged the department to make use of multi-jurisdictional coordination opportunities as it reexamines the management of Greater sage-grouse and sagebrush habitat on BLM-managed public lands. Specifically, the letter of Dec. 2, signed by WGA Executive Director Jim Ogsbury, highlighted the Shared Stewardship Strategy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a good program for fostering coordination. The letter also suggested coordination and collaboration through the Western Governors’ Task Force on Collaborative Conservation, which was formed by WGA to provide a venue for state and federal officials to engage in solutions-oriented dialogue on policies, programs, data-sharing efforts and other actions to collectively identify and prioritize actions that conserve and manage at-risk western wildlife populations and landscapes. As stated in WGA’s policy resolution, Species Conservation and the Endangered Species Act, which was attached as part of the letter, the Western Governors believe that “federal land management agencies should support state and tribal efforts to identify key wildlife migration corridors and habitat in the West and engage in early and substantive consultation with Governors prior to the promulgation of any policy pertaining to the management of wildlife corridors and habitat.” Read, download the letter

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