Western Governors' Association Executive Director Jim Ogsbury testified March 18, 2015, on behalf of the WGA before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.
His testimony touched on a variety of Western policy issues impacted by the appropriations and activities of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Topics included:
- Full funding of a permanent and stable funding mechanism for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program,
- The problem of “fire borrowing,”
- Request that funding be appropriated to allow Governors, under the 2014 Farm Bill, to treat National Forest System lands within their states for insects and disease.
- The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is premised on a strong state-federal partnership, so that should include partnership with states in the establishment of quantifiable species recovery goals, as well as in the design and implementation of recovery plans.