June 7, 2011
This from a press released issued by The Western Governors Association last year on June 28.
Trans-boundary Wildlife Maps to be Completed in 3 Years
WHITEFISH, MONT. – Western Governors reaffirmed their commitment to work across political boundaries to tackle landscape-scale wildlife conservation through the Western Governors’ Wildlife Council and committed their state agencies to complete wildlife decision-support systems within the next three years. link
It is just one of many, many regional initiatives being pushed and funded by the federal government. In this case, the Department of Energy.
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $3 million for 17 states to develop the wildlife decision-support systems. The information will be accessible not only to governmental entities, but also landowners, conservation groups, industry and agricultural interests. Eight pilot projects across the West were launched earlier this month to begin developing these compatible systems.
Issues involving transportation, the economy, security and the environment are all offered up as problems that must be managed regionally. That argument has been made, mostly unsuccessfully, for decades. The notable exception being transportation.
Back to the press release.
Sally Jewell, President and CEO of REI, said “Ecosystems don’t know political boundaries, so conservation of the most important wildlife corridors, water and forest resources require cooperation across multiple public private entities.”
It isn’t the “ecosystem that doesn’t know political boundaries, it’s Ms. Jewell who is mistaken. “Ecosystems” don’t exist until somebody decides they do.
What is an “ecosystem”?
According to the Franklin Institute for Science Learning;
Ecosystems vary in size. They can be as small as a puddle or as large as the Earth itself. Any group of living and nonliving things interacting with each other can be considered as an ecosystem.link
Jurisdiction (this word means something)
There is no such thing as an “ecosystem” except in these people’s imagination and if they want to draw the boundaries on ecosystems then they should concentrate on the ones that are within their own jurisdiction.
From the Legal Information Institute;
The term jurisdiction is really synonymous with the word “power”
Territory within which a court or government agency may properly exercise its power
If you intend to retain your right to representation and your ability to hold your officials accountable then don’t be fooled by the argument that we have all of these problems that can only be solved regionally.
In the event you find yourself evicted from your land so that the Lesser Prairie Chicken can have free run of the place, do you think the Western Governors Association will be responsive to your outrage? No. But your governor must be.
One of the pilot projects of the Western Governors Association focuses on the Lesser Prairie Chicken.
Oklahoma and Kansas
Oklahoma and Kansas are identifying crucial Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat across the five LPC states, which includes Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. Once crucial habitat for the species is identified across the five-state region, the states will work together to assess risk of habitat loss in relation to various threats, such as wind energy development and agriculture. Ultimately the states will be developing a range-wide mapping tool that could be used to identify areas important for LPC conservation, as well as connecting corridors for population maintenance.
The Western Governors Association is big on wildlife corridors which obviously, like ecosystems, must be trans-boundary. Of course the animals don’t vote or make campaign donations which makes me wonder why these Western Governors are so keen on locking up more land for them. Call me cynical but I don’t think these Governors give a darn about the Lesser Prairie Chicken.
The The Western Governors Association also has a “Western States Water Council” that is developing policy to manage this essential resource throughout the region.
The Western States Water Council is an organization consisting of representatives appointed by the governors of 18 western states.
They say that;
There is a growing consensus that, as watersheds
have emerged as the unit for management and action, they have become a rational framework for undertaking integrated resource management.
One question. Who is they and who elected them to manage our resources in this manner? They are blaming it all on the watersheds.
“watersheds have emerged as the unit for management . . .” What does that mean? The watersheds jumped up and volunteered? How did the watersheds just become a “rational framework” for what is a pointedly political “undertaking”? They can’t even take responsibility for their decisions that are insulated by “consensus”. Undertaking is right. They are the Undertakers for the representative form of government that they are killing.
OK. That was more than one question. It appears from reading the WGA’s blurb of Water Strategies that the reports and recommendations were drawn up and later approved by the Governors. It doesn’t say by whom. In fact the blurb tells us that “the reports” made the conclusions!
If it all goes wrong you will know who to blame right? The “watersheds” and the “reports” who are obviously in cahoots on some grand water conspiracy.
Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future
Two WGA reports, Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future (2006) and Next Steps (2008) concluded that there is substantial stress on the water sector today even in the absence of climate change.
These reports, approved by the Governors, include consensus recommendations for how the Western states can work with federal, local, and private sector partners to address these challenges. The reports address a range of issues, including providing water supply to meet future demands, maintaining water supply infrastructure, resolving Indian water rights, preparing for climate change, and conserving endangered species.
When regional governance is legitimized that means you have compromised a little more of your personal, state and national sovereignty. Regional governance is the stepping stone to global governance and these days, those stepping stones are increasingly GREEN.