30x30 Local and State Electeds Sign-On Letter
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We, the undersigned state and local officials, support confronting America’s nature crisis by pursuing a goal of conserving at least 30 percent of our nation’s lands and ocean by 2030.

Nature is indispensable to the health and prosperity of every community in America. We depend on our forests and streams for clean drinking water and clean air. Our lands are a place of cultural, ecological, and sacred resources that have sustained humanity for generations. Our ocean supplies wild fish that feed our country and provide endless wonder and enjoyment. Our rivers, mountains, and deserts are where families unplug and reconnect. Our parks, open spaces, beaches, trails, and public lands enrich communities’ quality of life and power America’s outdoor recreation economy. Our very existence depends upon the survival of a rich diversity of natural life.

Achieving 30x30 will require an ambitious and inclusive movement that engages local, state, national and Tribal leaders, as well as private landowners, as part of the solution. We support a national goal of protecting and restoring 30% of land and ocean by 2030 and commit to taking action now in our communities and states to reach it.

How we achieve 30x30 is also important. We believe a national goal of 30x30 should include these important aspects:

1. Work toward a more equitable and inclusive vision for nature conservation. For too long, the costs and impacts of natural resource extraction and pollution have fallen disproportionately on low income communities and communities of color in the U.S. The pursuit of a 30x30 goal must address this legacy by putting these communities at the forefront, and yield a more equitable distribution of nature’s benefits to all people.

2. Honor the sovereignty of tribal nations. The pursuit of a 30x30 goal must uphold the sovereignty of tribal nations, involve meaningful consultation with indigenous tribal leaders, and help indigenous tribal communities fulfill their visions and priorities for the stewardship of natural, cultural, and historic resources.

3. Support locally-led conservation. Local communities know land and water best. Actions to reach a 30x30 goal should focus on using this local expertise to protect the places that matter most, in a manner that meets local, state, tribal, and regional needs.

4. Protect wildlife and biodiversity. On a global basis, a million species of plants and animals are at risk of extinction. Any 30x30 strategy must explicitly address this serious problem.

5. Support private conservation. Farmers, anglers, hunters, ranchers, and private landowners have long been some of America’s most effective conservationists. To achieve a 30x30 goal, policy-makers should respect private property rights and increase support for voluntary conservation efforts of private land-owners, water users, working waterfronts, and the private sector.

6. Be guided by science. Scientists have developed a deep and growing body of knowledge that can help communities and leaders make wise choices about how to protect our ocean, waters, and lands in a way that reflects the diversity of the country’s geography, peoples, and wildlife.

Our nation is at a pivotal moment. We cannot continue down the current path and watch as our nation’s land, water, and biodiversity disappears. Instead, we pledge to confront America’s nature crisis and pursue a national goal of 30x30.

Together, we can and must protect nature for generations to come.
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