Developed by the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture and Commerce, as well as the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the report lays out initial recommendations for a decade-long initiative — described as the “America the Beautiful” campaign — to encourage local conservation efforts.
“The President’s challenge is a call to action to support locally led conservation and restoration efforts of all kinds and all over America, wherever communities wish to safeguard the lands and waters they know and love,” the agencies’ top officials write in the report. “Doing so will not only protect our lands and waters but also boost our economy and support jobs nationwide.”
Thursday’s announcement follows President Joe Biden’s climate executive order issued in late January, which instructed the federal agencies to submit a report to the National Climate Task Force with recommendations for achieving the goal of “conserving at least 30% of our lands and waters by 2030.”
Much of the report focuses on promoting local and voluntary conservation efforts. The 30 by 30 goal “reflects the need to support conservation and restoration efforts across all lands and waters, not solely on public lands, including by incentivizing voluntary stewardship efforts on private lands and by supporting the efforts and visions of States and Tribal Nations,” the agencies write.
The report also acknowledges that there were “divergent perspectives” from some stakeholders, including over how to define “conservation” and how to measure the success of these efforts.
“There is no single database that could capture the t
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