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- President Biden unveiled a new conservation initiative.
- The “America the Beautiful” initiative expands on Biden’s “30 by 30” goal.
- The goal aims to conserve 30 percent of the water and land in the U.S. by 2030.
President Biden released a report on Thursday highlighting his plans for his “America the Beautiful” initiative, which relies heavily on the efforts of local volunteers.
The initiative is meant to expand upon conservation efforts in the United States introduced in Biden’s climate crisis executive order, which set a “30 by 30” goal to conserve 30 percent of the water and land in the U.S. by 2030.
"As the country works to recover and rebuild from the coronavirus pandemic and fully address the climate crisis, now is the time to develop and pursue a locally led, nationally scaled effort to conserve, connect, and restore the lands, waters, and wildlife upon which we all depend," the report states.
The report also emphasizes the administration’s plans to create more parks for “nature deprived communities,” expand the conservation of fish and wildlife habitats and incentivize fishers, farmers and forest owners to conserve areas of their own land.
However, some Republicans have voiced opposition to parts of the "30 by 30" goal. During a 30 by 30 forum livestreamed on Tuesday, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) said, “In the West, we are all too familiar with government land grabs, and we can smell this one coming from a mile away.”
While the new initiative does include an outline of broad goals, it doesn’t detail any specifics on how it plans to do so yet.
“This report is only the starting point on the path to fulfilling the conservation vision that President Biden has outlined,” the report states. “Where this path leads over the next decade will be determined not by our agencies, but by the ideas and leadership of local communities.”
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