Scott Helps Western Governors' Association Work Across Borders

Friday, July 2 2010

J. Michael Scott, professor of wildlife and senior scientist with U.S. Geological Survey, was on a plenary panel at the June 28 meeting of the Western Governors' Association in Whitefish, Mont. Scott and panel members spoke on the topic of working across borders to conserve landscapes. Western states and Canadian provinces have a long history of working across borders to protect important resources, balancing the need for both healthy landscapes and strong local economies. As environmental issues grow more challenging, the need for greater cooperation across borders has grown. The governors and the panel participants discussed areas where greater integration is needed to improve the conservation of water, wildlife and forest resources. Panel members included: Sally Jewell, CEO and president of REI; Chas Cartwright, superintendent of Glacier National Park; and Dave McDonough, superintendent of Waterton Lakes National Park.