Western Governors’ Association
The federal government this week declared more than 400,000 acres in southwestern Colorado and eastern Utah off-limits to energy exploration or any other kind of development to protect the Gunnison sage grouse.
The Western Governors’ Association has selected Nevada Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval as its new chairman.
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency promoted proposed clean power plant rules to Western governors Tuesday.
President Barack Obama on Monday encouraged a group of governors to support a plan to pay for wildfire suppression, and the proposal got a positive reception from the 10 leaders gathered for an annual summit.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper expressed support for legislation that’s been introduced to combat wildfires, including tax incentives for mitigation and funding to buy better equipment for firefighters.
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.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Tuesday there are initial talks with Western governors about sharing a regional aerial fleet to fight fires, although the idea is far from reality at the moment.
There’s now a proposal to get Colorado more wildfire fighting resources.
The federal Bureau of Land Management will use Colorado state and regional maps to identify wildlife corridors and habitat for land-use planning.