Washington, D.C. — Today, the Biden administration released a progress report on its widely-popular 30×30 plan — an initiative aimed at conserving 30% of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030 so Americans can enjoy them for generations to come.
The report documents the administration’s progress “over the past year to support locally-led and voluntary efforts to conserve, connect, and restore lands and waters across the nation that sustain the health of our communities, power local economies, and help combat climate change.” Additionally, it announces “several steps to ensure that the America the Beautiful initiative is both guided by and reflective of the priorities, needs, and inputs of local communities, Tribes, States, landowners, hunters and fishers, and other important stakeholders.”
In response to the report’s findings, government watchdog Accountable.US released the following statement on behalf of its president, Kyle Herrig:
“The Biden administration is making crucial progress on its goal to ensure future generations of Americans can enjoy clean, safe lands and waters. As oil and gas companies, their lobbyists, and rich allies in Congress try to stand in the way of commonsense climate and conservation efforts, the President must continue building on these efforts over the next year.”
The Biden administration has already made great strides on walking back the Trump administration’s toxic anti-conservation legacy, including reinstating protections for cherished national monuments at Bears Ears, Grand-Staircase Escalante, and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts.
Just last month, the administration initiated consideration of a drilling ban around Chaco Culture National Historical Park — a site of great cultural significance to several native tribes in the region — after years of anti-drilling advocacy by tribes and conservation experts alike.
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