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Chet Van Dellen, the GIS mapping coordinator for the Nevada Department of Wildlife works on a new, high-tech wildlife habitat-mapping project, which the Western Governors Association unveiled Thursday in Las Vegas. The Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool ­— or CHAT — will pull together in one place maps for 16 western states in the hope of encouraging economic development while protecting the region's environmental treasures, from Puget Sound to the Rocky Mountains.

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Western governors show wildlife maps

Governors in 16 states unveiled a high-tech wildlife habitat mapping project Thursday that they hope will encourage economic development across the West while protecting the region’s environmental treasures — an ambitious effort that’s winning praise from conservationists and the energy industry.

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