Webinar: Sneak Peak of Western Governors' Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 16:00 to 17:00

Webinar to provide the public and industry a high-level overview of new tool to assess "crucial habitats" across the West.

Crucial habitats are described as places that contain and connect the natural resources important to aquatic and terrestrial wildlife, including species of concern and fishing and hunting species.

Hosted by the Western Governor's Association, this to offer a "sneak peak" of its new Crucial Habitat Assessmebt Tool (CHAT). CHAT is a cooperative effort of 16 Western states to provide the public and industry a high-level overview of "crucial habitat" across the West.  Crucial habitats are described as places that contain and connect the natural resources important to aquatic and terrestrial wildlife, including species of concern and fishing and hunting species. The goal of the CHAT tool, which will roll out to the public next week, is to increase the predictability of formal planning by establishing a common starting point across the West for the intersection of development and wildlife.

During the webinar, WGA Policy Advisor Carlee Brown will provide a brief overview of the CHAT project and Chet VanDellen, GIS Coordinator for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, will demonstrate the tool.The webinar will have an energy theme, with guests Robert Veldman, Senior Environmental Coordinator for Noble Energy, and Spencer Kimball, Kimball Strategies LLC., providing insight into CHAT's uses in the energy sector.

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The CHAT is non-regulatory and cannot be used by government for project-level reviews. Rather, the goal is to increase the predictability of formal planning by establishing a common starting point across the West for the intersection of development and wildlife.

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