Wildlife Corridors Initiative Report
In response to policy resolution 07-01, Protecting Wildlife Migration Corridors and Crucial Wildlife Habitat in the West, the Western Governors' Association (WGA) launched a Wildlife Corridors Initiative in 2007, a multi-state and collaborative effort in which six work groups were charged with developing recommendations on various aspects of wildlife corridors and crucial habitat in the West. (See seperate entry in this clearinghouse - Initiative on Wildlife Corridors and Crucial Habitat.)
The Western Governors’ Climate Change Working Group finalized its report in 2008 that identified several barriers to maintaining wildlife corridors and habitat as a result of climate change. Current and expected impacts are discussed by habitat type as well as by summarized data for some keystone species, while barriers and recommendations are described in detail. The report proposes 18 strategies for Western states, or specifically the governors, to implement to help wildlife adapt to climate change impacts. The recommendations focus on areas such as data and research, working with private landowners, state agency directives, reviewing current policies at state and local levels, and recommendations to influence federal agencies and offices.
Other work group reports include Science, Energy, Transportation, Land Use, and Oil and Gas. The website (http://www.westgov.org/wildlife) has links to the original 142 page report, as well as the Western Governors' Wildlife Council charter, and subsequent reports, including the State-Federal MOU on Wildlife Corridors, and 2011 Addendum.