Wyoming Governor Matt Mead launched this initiative in 2015 in his capacity as WGA Chairman. During the past year WGA has developed a multi-year work plan to advance the objectives of the initiative based on the Policy Resolution, "Species Conservation and the Endangered Species Act." The Initiative has entered its second year, during which WGA has hosted a series of Work Sessions and Webinars to expand on the bipartisan dialogue and refine key themes identified in year one.
The Western Governors’ Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative was launched by WGA Chairman and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead to: create a mechanism for states and stakeholders to share best practices in species management; promote the role of states in species conservation; and explore options for improving the efficacy of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead kicked off the first workshop of the Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative with a nod to the significance of wildlife in the West and a request to find the best way to employ state expertise to conserve it responsibly. Workshop panels and roundtables covered innovative practices and the impact of conservation efforts on energy and mining, outdoor recreation, and agriculture.
This webinar examined current methods of funding species conservation efforts, as well as challenges and opportunities to leveraging additional funding for conservation of at-risk and endangered species. Moderator: Timothy Male, Executive Director at the Environmental Policy Innovation Center. Panelists: Christy Plumer, Chief Conservation Officer, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership; Virgil Moore, Director, Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Gary Frazer, Assistant Director for Endangered Species, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Learn more, download the presentation slides.
WGA is conducting a series of targeted work sessions during the second year of the Initiative to elicit more detailed input about key themes that emerged during the first year. Each work session developed a series of recommendations. While the recommendations do not necessarily reflect consensus agreement from participants, they were informed by a robust bipartisan dialogue. Read summaries of the day-long sessions conducted so far.
Species Spotlight, a case study series examining the challenges and opportunities in species conservation, is part of the Western Governors' Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative, the Chairman's Initiative of Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead. Read the Species Spotlight series.