Background

The Western Regional Partnership was established in 2007 when the Department of Defense partnered together with representatives of Federal agencies and State and Tribal leadership in the States of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. The WRP was expanded in 2015 to include the State of Colorado. 

Mission & Goals

The mission of WRP is to provide a proactive and collaborative framework for senior-policy level Federal, State and Tribal leadership to identify common goals and emerging issues in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah and to develop solutions that support WRP Partners and protect natural resources, while promoting sustainability, homeland security and military readiness.

The WRP region contains significant military assets, federal and Tribal lands, infrastructure systems such as energy and transportation, and wildlife ecosystems; making WRP valuable in leveraging resources and linking efforts to help partners share best practices. The goals of WRP are to:

  • Serve as a catalyst for improved regional coordination among State, Federal and Tribal agencies
  • Address common goals, identify and solve potential conflicts and develop solutions that protect our natural resources, while promoting sustainability and mission effectiveness
  • Provide a forum for information exchange, issue identification, problem solving and recommendations across the WRP region
  • Adopt strategic priorities at the annual Principals’ meeting
  • Leverage existing resources and linking of efforts to better support key projects
  • Provide a GIS Sustainability Decision Support Tool that integrates appropriate Federal, Tribal, State, and other available data sources for use in regional planning by WRP Partners

WRP Region

The WRP Region has significant amounts of Federally managed land, Indian Trust lands, and state trust landholdings. Federal land ranges from 34.1% to 84.9% of total state land in WRP states. Additionally the region has extensive training ranges, premier testing facilities, unmatched military air space. The WRP regions contains the following:

 

The six states in the WRP region are home to 18% of the U.S. population and constitute 19% of the total land mass.

Click states in the WRP region map and segments in the pie chart to view land statistics. Multiple states and pie segments may be selected at once to view aggregate values. Clicking again on selected state or selected pie segment will deselect it. The shading of the states is based on the percentage of any particular land management category that is clicked on, the darker the color, the greater the quantity for that category. For example, California has the largest percentage of privately owned land in the region.

 

Structure

The WRP is Co-Chaired by the Governor of Utah; the Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of Interior (DOI); and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment, U.S. DoD. WRP Principals are executive level leaders from Federal and State agencies and Tribal governments in the region and are responsible for providing leadership and direction to the efforts undertaken by the WRP. The membership of the Steering Committee is composed of senior staff members representing WRP Principals and coordinates with WRP Committee Co-Chairs. The Partnership also has committees that provide a forum for information exchange, issue identification, problem solving and recommendations across the WRP region. The three committees are:

More details on the structure and function of the WRP can be found in the charter 

WRP Principal Organizations