WGA Approves Four Resolutions
During their Winter Meeting from Dec. 1-2 in Phoenix, Ariz., the Western Governor's Association (WGA) formally approved four policy resolutions on public lands grazing, wild horse and burro management, energy in the West and federal disaster recovery assistance for communities in the West.
In 2015, WGA adopted Policy Resolution 2015-01, Wild Horse and Burro Management. The updated resolution includes more current estimates of the growing number of wild horses and burros on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS)-managed rangelands in the West, highlighting how herd populations continue to grow beyond the BLM's established Appropriate Management Levels.
On public lands grazing, WGA updated Policy Resolution 2015-03 to incorporate language on the importance of targeted grazing as a tool to achieve restoration and land management goals and on alternative allotments authorized by the BLM and USFS.
WGA also updated Policy Resolution 2015-04, Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance for Communities in the West, to emphasize the need for adequate and flexible funding of individual and public assistance programs, as well as fire management grant assistance; increased collaboration with states in federal disaster response and recovery; and federal focus on disaster mitigation.
Finally, WGA updated Policy Resolution 2016-09 to include priorities regarding alternative vehicles, energy storage, grid resiliency and cybersecurity. Visit westgov.org for more information.
That's your Land and Livestock Report-I'm Russell Nemetz.