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WRP MISSION

WRP provides 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.

WRP BACKGROUND

In 2007, representatives of Federal agencies and State and Tribal leadership in the States of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah partnered with the Department of Defense to establish the Western Regional Partnership. In 2015, the WRP Region was expanded to include the State of Colorado. WRP is Co-Chaired by the Honorable Gary Herbert, Governor of Utah; Ms. Janice Schneider, Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, U.S. DOI; and Mr. Dave Duma, Principal Deputy Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, DoD.

VALUE OF WRP

WRP develops solutions that support Partners and protect natural resources, while promoting sustainability, homeland security and military readiness. In the West, there are significant military assets, infrastructure systems such as energy and transportation, and wildlife ecosystems. Leveraging resources and linking efforts help Partners avoid duplication and share best practices. WRP Partners benefit from interagency and cross-state collaboration and use of WRP tools.

WRP provides:

  • Opportunity to engage with states, federal and Tribal entities across WRP region
    • Regional Coordination Opportunities: Transmission, military operations, wildlife and Tribal issues do not follow state boundaries
    • Relationships: Knowing who to call and having them recognize who you are before the crisis
    • Enhancing situational awareness of policy and emerging issues
    • Solving Problems/Creating solutions
    • IIP (Information Is Power): Knowing what is being planned by whom allows early strategizing of an appropriate response
  • Access to tools and WRP Deliverables
    • WRP Web Mapping Application, Regional Project Database, Airspace Sustainability Guide, WRP State Support for Military Testing and Training, WRP Mojave Project, WRP Southeastern Arizona/New Mexico Project etc.
  • Identifying Opportunities
    • Understanding where interests overlap can lead to project solutions
    • Leveraging Resources

WRP STRUCTURE

WRP’s Charter delineates the mission, goals, and responsibilities of the WRP collaborative process. WRP Principals are executive level leaders from Federal and State agencies and Tribal governments in the WRP 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.

WRP COMMITTEES

WRP Committees work to better improve regional and interagency cooperation among Federal agencies, Tribal leadership, States, and non-governmental organizations on critical Western regional issues. WRP Committees provide a forum for information exchange, issue identification, problem solving and recommendations across the WRP region. Committees are continually reviewed to maintain a resilient and dynamic organization. The focus of committee actions will be to move from knowledge gathering to collaborative action. Issues of common concern are addressed through the following Committees:

  • Energy
  • Military Readiness, Homeland Security, Disaster Preparedness and Aviation
  • Natural Resources

A GIS Support Group works with the WRP Steering Committee to assist all Committees.

WRP PARTICIPATION

WRP Principals include representatives of Federal agencies and State and Tribal leadership in the States of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. Additionally non-governmental organizations are encouraged to participate at the WRP Committee level. WRP strives to operate at the regional level, but will invite local governments to participate at the project level.

WRP Goals Stated in the WRP Charter:

The goals of the 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
  • At annual Principals’ meeting, adopt strategic priorities to complete in the subsequent year
  • 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

These six states are home to 18% of the U.S. population and constitute 19% of the total U.S. land mass. Long range, sustainable planning is essential to accommodate growth, sustain the economic and environmental health of the region and protect public health and safety while at the same time securing the viability of the WRP Partners’ missions. To more effectively work together across geopolitical boundaries, common and emerging issues in the WRP region must be identified, along with potential conflicts and solutions. Within the WRP region, there are:

  • Significant amounts of Federally managed lands (Federal land ownership in the WRP states ranges from 34.1% - 84.9%)
  • Extensive Training Ranges, Premier Testing Facilities, Unmatched Military Air Space
  • Approximately 172 Federally recognized Tribes
  • Significant State Trust Landholdings

State

% of Federal Land (not including DoD managed lands)

% of DoD Managed Land

% of Indian Trust Land

Private Land

State Trust Land

Size of State in square miles and ranking by area

Arizona

35.5%

6.6%

27.6%

17.5%

12.7%

114,000; 6th largest state

California

40.2%

4.0%

.5%

50.3%

2.5%

160,000; 3rd largest state

Colorado

38.9% 0.7% 1.1% 54.9% 4.4% 104,100; 8th largerst state

Nevada

78.8%

6.1%

1.42%

13.03%

.15%

110,561; 7th largest state

New Mexico

29.7%

4.4%

10.2%

43.9%

11.6%

121, 593; 5th largest state

Utah

63.6%

3.4%

4.5%

21%

7.5%

84,904; 13th largest state

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