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BRC Represents Recreation Interests At Western Governor's Association (WGA) Workshops

November 17, 2015 5:05 PM
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead.

CODY, WY (November 17, 2015) -- The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC)/Sharetrails.Org represented managed OHV recreation interests last week at the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act (ESA) Initiative workshop held on November 12-13 in Cody, Wyoming.

This event was the kickoff for a series of meetings for this initiative led by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead.  Approximately 100 leaders from the energy sector, local/state government, conservation groups, environmental non-governmental organizations, ranchers, timber industry, and motorized and non-motorized recreation non-profit groups attended the workshop.

According to the WGA, the initiative will create a mechanism for states to share best practices in species management; promote and elevate the role of states in species conservation efforts; and explore ways to improve the efficacy of the Endangered Species Act. Approximately 100 leaders from the energy sector, local/state government, conservation groups, environmental non-governmental organizations, ranchers, timber industry, and motorized and non-motorized recreation non-profit groups attended the workshop.
Approximately 100 leaders from the energy sector, local/state government, conservation groups, environmental non-governmental organizations, ranchers, timber industry, and motorized and non-motorized recreation non-profit groups attended the workshop.
"We need to get to a place where the Endangered Species Act can provide predictability for species, our citizens and for industry," said Governor Mead, who encouraged workshop participants to set an example with its process.

"If we’re going to make improvements to the ESA, we collectively should have to have the courage and the faith that people with good intentions can work together and put together something to present not only to WGA, but at the national level and Congress," Mead added.

Don Amador, who attended the meeting on behalf of BRC, states, “having been part of several unsuccessful ‘ESA reform’ efforts over the last 25 years, I believe that Governor Mead and the WGA should be commended for creating this bi-partisan forum in an attempt to bring the 1970s-era ESA into the 21st Century.”

“Numerous concerns about the ESA were brought in the workshop.  Those issues included judicial actions that move goalposts where success is never achieved, conflicting statutes that pit one species against another, and access restrictions,“ Amador noted.  

“I think this was a good start and is worthy of our support since ESA related management decisions are impacting both private and public lands on a national basis.  Modernizing the ESA using tools such as adaptive management, incentive-based conservation programs on private lands, litigation reform, and collaboration among diverse stakeholder groups are key concepts that we should embrace,” Amador concluded.

The locations of the next three workshops are as follows: Boise, Idaho, on Jan. 19; Oahu, Hawaii on Feb. 12, and Colorado at a date to be announced in March.

WGA Website
http://westgov.org/initiatives/esa-initiative

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