Secretary Jewell Meets with the Western Governors Association
December 12, 2013
At a meeting with western governors on December 12th, 2013, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell applauded the unprecedented federal-state cooperation on planning efforts to conserve the greater sage-grouse but emphasized that much work still needs to be done by both the federal government and the states in advance of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s September 2015 deadline to determine if the species warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Secretary Jewell spoke before the Western Governors Association. “Thanks to our partnership with states throughout the range of the greater sage-grouse, we have made tremendous progress analyzing and planning landscape-level strategies that could lessen the threats to the bird and conserve its sage-brush habitat.” Photo: Andrew Pernick
State of Mexico Governor Eruviel Ávila Villegas delivered the keynote address. Photo: Andrew Pernick
Speakers at the panel included (from left): Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, and State of Mexico Gov. Eruviel Ávila Villegas. Photo: Andrew Pernick
Secretary Jewell met with members of the Western Governors Assocation following the panel event. Photo: Andrew Pernick