The Biden administration today detailed steps to achieve its goal of conserving about one-third of America’s lands and waters by 2030, relying on voluntary efforts to preserve public, private and tribal areas while also helping tackle climate change and create jobs.
A report, with the lofty title “America the Beautiful,’ ’ from several Cabinet departments, calls for a decadelong commitment on projects from Maine to California, and in Alaska and Hawaii, as well.
The report says this effort will mean thousands of new jobs and a stronger economy while also addressing climate change and environmental justice, including expanded access by disadvantaged communities to the outdoors.
Supporters say President Joe Biden’s goal of conserving at least 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030, if successful, will help slow global warming and preserve some of the nation’s most scenic lands for future generations of Americans.
About 12% of the nation’s lands and 25% of its waters are currently protected, according to research by the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank. Those protected areas include not just parks but also wilderness areas, game refuges, agricultural lands, forests, ranches and other sites with conservation easements.