Sage Grouse Task Force (Western Governors’ Association)

Sage Grouse photo by Mark Gocke This working group, chaired by Governor Matt Mead and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, includes members representing 11 western states; USFWS, BLM, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Forest Service, USGS, Department of Interior, and WWF and other conservation groups. This task force works to identify and implement high priority conservation actions and to integrate ongoing actions necessary to preclude the need for sage grouse to be listed under the ESA.

Fish and Wildlife Resources Task Force

Governor Matt Mead appointed Steve Kilpatrick of WWF to this task force (April 2015). The goal of this task force is to recommend strategies to maximize the benefits of the state’s fish and wildlife resources. Recommendations will include funding, education, vocation and outdoor recreation opportunities, as well as different ways to support the state’s resources. Governor Mead says, this task force will work to “engage everyone who enjoys wildlife, not just hunters and anglers.”

Governor’s Task Force on Forest Health

Governor Matt Mead convened this task force, composed of stakeholders, to develop recommendations on how Wyoming can best improve the health of its forests. The task force was made up of industry, conservation groups, forest users (including WWF), and representatives of federal, state and local government. This group provided a final report fall of 2014 to the governor after holding five public meetings in various locations around Wyoming since 2013.