Governors from across the Western United States are gathering in Northwest Montana for a few days of discussion ranging from trade to infrastructure and natural resource development.
Governor Steve Bullock welcomed governors from across the West to Montana for the Western Governor's Association annual meeting on Monday.
"The next few days will certainly be a great opportunity to discuss issues facing our Western states, a chance for the governors to spend a little bit more time with one another and also enjoy some of the great scenery that Montana offers," Gov. Bullock said.
The governors are set to discuss key issues facing the West including infrastructure development, the forest and rangeland management initiative launched by Governor Bullock, concerns about cybersecurity, protection of our nation's security grids and the importance of strengthening the trade relationship with Canada.
Over the next couple of days, Gov. Bullock will be hosting a series of roundtables on these critical issues including one with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in the wake of President Donald Trump's proposed drastic budget-cuts to the Department of the Interior.
"As Western Governors we have worked substantially on both keeping our watersheds and our forests healthy and firefighting, that's an area that doesn't know borders, either state borders or Federal, local and state borders so to make sure we don't set ourselves back with this budget," Gov. Bullock said.
A roundtable with Interior Secretary Zinke will take place on Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. at the Lodge at Whitefish.