The Administration issued its report, “Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful,” on May 6, 2021. The Executive Order issued on January 27 (EO 14008), entitled Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, stated that “the U.S. should aim to conserve ‘at least 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030.’ This challenge is the first-ever national goal for the stewardship of nature in America.”
The report (page 10) emphasizes conservation “rather than the related but different concept of protection or preservation, recognizing that many uses of our lands and waters, including working lands, can be consistent with the long-term health and sustainability of natural systems. ”
This report makes clear that local and state driven conservation and restoration priorities are central to this new initiative, including honoring current stewardship by private landowners and continued access to public lands for outdoor recreationists. A key opportunity is to ensure our thriving wildlife populations and habitats will be thoughtfully conserved for future generations to enjoy.
Below is the link to this report.