Western Governors approve policies on wildfires, ESA, abandoned mines, land exchanges, invasive species, more
Western Governors have formally approved seven new policy resolutions at the Western Governors’ Association 2016 Annual Meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo.:
- Federal-State Land Exchanges and Purchases: Western Governors call on Congress to simplify and expedite the federal-state land exchange, sale and conveyance processes to resolve the checkerboard land tenure issue in the West.
- Combating Invasive Species: Western Governors support coordinated invasive species management including early detection and rapid response programs to ensure that actions result in more on-the-ground prevention, management and eradication.
- Wildland Fire Management and Resilient Landscapes: Governors call on Congress and the Administration to address issues, including “fire borrowing,” that would mitigate wildfire danger in western states and promote healthy forests and rangelands.
- Cleaning Up Abandoned Mines in the West: Governors call on Congress to legally protect volunteer remediating parties, including local and state government agencies, which conduct clean up, from becoming legally responsible under the Clean Water Act for any continuing discharges from the abandoned mine site after completion of a cleanup project.
- Species Conservation and the Endangered Species Act: Governors believe that statutory changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) should be developed in a fashion that results in broad bipartisan support and maintains the intent of the ESA to protect and recover imperiled species.
- Energy and Transmission: Governors recognize that not every state approaches energy use and development in the same way, but remain committed to seeing states develop policies and use their energy endowments to the maximum benefit of their citizens, the region, and the nation.
- National Parks and the West: Western Governors recognize the importance of National Parks in preserving unique natural treasures, providing recreational opportunities, and contributing to local and state economies throughout the United States.
We are proud to release our 2016 Annual Report to share the issues that Western Governors have worked on during the past year. Read, download