Idaho Governor Butch Otter talked about the importance of collaboration during his welcome remarks to those attending a workshop of the Western Governors Association in Boise on October 20.
Governor Otter pointed to the creation of Rangeland Fire Protection Associations in Idaho as an example. Before 2012 it was illegal for ranchers to fight fires. The Governor, legislature, and federal and state fire agencies subsequently created the RFPAs. There are now eight districts with almost 300 volunteers overseeing more than 7 million acres.
Otter also discussed finding projects of value on which to collaborate.
(Audio from live stream provided by Western Governors Association. Photo courtesy WGA.)
Jim Lyons, Interior Deputy Assistant Secretary of Land and Minerals Management, said in his opening remarks that in the battle against the impact of wildfires and invasive species, collaboration has a role. He said these issues are not public land issues or private land issues, but resource issues.
The workshop focused on the WGA’s National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative, which “creates a mechanism for states and land managers to share best practices and policy options for forest and rangeland management,” according to the WGA website.
Rangeland Fire Protection Associations in Idaho
WGO Forest and Rangeland Initiative
Posted October 23, 2016