U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is visiting Colorado to learn about efforts by ranchers to help conserve sage grouse.
Governors from several Western states told federal officials on Thursday they are prepared to take on more responsibility for fighting wildfires.
Leaders from around the West convened a two-day meeting on Wednesday in Las Vegas to discuss land use, wildfires and environmental conservation.
The National Park Service has allowed Colorado to reopen Rocky Mountain National Park by using state funds.
The Obama administration says it will allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown.
A public-private partnership aimed at thinning out vegetation that could fuel catastrophic wildfires that threaten water supplies and hydroelectric facilities was announced on Friday by federal officials.
Sally Jewell has been sworn in as Interior secretary, replacing Ken Salazar, who stepped down after more than four years as head of the agency responsible for more than 500 million acres of national parks and other public lands.