Western Governors’ Association

The Western Governors’ Association represents the Governors of 19 Western states and 3 U.S.-flag islands. The association is an instrument of the Governors for bipartisan policy development, information exchange and collective action on issues of critical importance to the Western United States.

Established in 1984 through the merger of two Governors' organizations, the Western Governors' Association (WGA) provides strong multistate leadership in an era of critical change in the economy and demography of the West. WGA helps Western Governors to:

  • Develop and Promote Sound Public Policy
    • WGA is an instrument of the Governors to formulate bipartisan, consensus-based policy positions and to realize those policies through strategic advocacy and implementation.
  • Exchange Information and Identify Best Practices
    • WGA provides an effective platform for Governors’ to discuss common challenges and opportunities, share ideas and examine issues of common interest.
  • Collect Data and Perform Quality Research
    • Western Governors, recognizing that reliable data forms the foundation of sound policy, turn to WGA for superior policy reports, issue briefs and other research products.
  • Educate the Public, Opinion Leaders and Other Policymakers
    • Utilizing multiple media and mechanisms, WGA aggressively promotes the positions, priorities and accomplishments of Western Governors.

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James Ogsbury
Executive Director
1600 Broadway
Suite 1700
Denver, Colorado  80202
Phone: 303 623-9378
Fax: 303 534-7309


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Alaska
  • American Samoa
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

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5 Introductory articles were found for Western Governors’ Association

Combating Invasive Species


Policy Resolution 13-02: Western Governors support coordinated, prevention efforts of early detection and rapid response with multistate management and eradication actions to limit or eliminate introductions and improve control of invasive species expansion. Programs for the control and/or eradication of invasive species must result in more on-the-ground prevention, management and eradication.


Inventory of State and Local Governments' Conservation Initiatives for Sage-Grouse - 2013 Appendix


The Appendix collects all initiatives reported by the relevant states and counties between 2011 and 2013 to avoid a threatened or endangered listing of sage-grouse and Gunnison sage-grouse on the federal endangered species list. It is a companion to the Inventory of State and Local Governments’ Conservation Initiatives for Sage-Grouse.


Inventory of State and Local Governments’ Conservation Initiatives for Sage-Grouse 2013 Update


Western states, through the WGA and Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), have worked collaboratively to address challenges facing sage-grouse and their habitat. With the passage of WGA Policy Resolution 11-09 (Sage-Grouse and Sagebrush Conservation), Western Governors demonstrated support for all reasonable management efforts necessary to avoid a threatened or endangered listing of the species.

At the Governors’ request – and as a resource for FWS and the public – WGA and WAFWA created the first annual inventory in 2011 to illustrate how states and counties were taking proactive, voluntary steps to preclude the need to put the greater sage-grouse and Gunnison sage-grouse on the federal endangered species list.

Since that initial report, a second WGA inventory of sage-grouse conservation initiatives was released for 2012. This third WGA report highlights new sage-grouse conservation activities in 2013, along with an appendix that contains all initiatives reported by the relevant states and counties between 2011 and 2013.


Water Quality in the West


Policy Resolution 2014-04: States have jurisdiction over water resource allocation decisions and are responsible for how to balance state water resource needs within Clean Water Act objectives. New regulations, rulemaking, and guidance should recognize this state authority.



Water Resource Management in the West


Policy Resolution 2014-03: As the preeminent authority on water management within their boundaries, states have the right to develop, use, control and distribute the surface water and groundwater located within their boundaries, subject to international treaties and interstate agreements and judicial decrees. Infrastructure investments are essential to our nation’s continued economic prosperity and environmental protection. Western Governors believe solutions to water resource challenges require an integrated approach within states and with federal, tribal and local partners.