Idaho Gov. Otter will host a Western Governors Association workshop on species conservation and the Endangered Species Act on Jan. 19 in Boise, the second in a series of regional workshops the group is holding on the topic. Current WGA Chairman Matt Mead, governor of Wyoming, has named this his signature initiative as head of the WGA. The workshop, set for the Riverside Hotel, will focus on the role of state and local governments in coordination and consultation; best available science; critical habitat designations; policy for evaluation of conservation efforts; landscape-level conservation; and incentivizing private landowners.
Another session is planned in February in Hawaii and in March in Colorado; the first was in Cody, Wyo. In November. There’s more info here.