The Biden administration unveiled the first draft of its “America the Beautiful” initiative on Thursday, outlining in broad strokes its plan to conserve 30 percent of the country’s land and water by 2030. But the document included few details about how the administration will achieve the so-called “30×30” goal while also juggling its other key environmental priority: a massive expansion of solar and wind power.
The 22-page report from the Commerce, Interior, and Agriculture Departments is one of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s first major actions since her appointment in March. The 10-year strategy is centered on the idea that land conservation and restoration should be locally led, help create jobs, address inequalities in access to nature, and help tackle the climate crisis. It set eight principles for steering the implementation of the 30×30 goal, including supporting tribal nations’ priorities, using science as a guide, and encouraging voluntary stewardship on private property.
Biden’s ambitious conservation goals, first announced just days after his inauguration in January, have generated backlash from conservative groups who have... Read more