The Biden administration will this week unveil a plan to conserve 30% of US lands and waters by 2030. The plan offers a strategy to encourage indigenous tribes, farmers and ranchers to voluntarily protect land, including by enrolling territory in existing federal conservation programmes and the creation of new parks near urban areas.

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In a letter accompanying the report, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory wrote, “The president’s challenge is a call to action to support locally led conservation and restoration efforts of all kinds and all over America, wherever communities wish to safeguard the lands and waters they know and love.”

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Collin O’Mara, president of the National Wildlife Federation, said to Bloomberg, The plan rightly focuses on collaboration and restoration instead of  regulation and designations to hit the 30% conservation target. It’s a thoughtful blueprint for how we can work together to save one-third wildlife species at heightened risk of extinction, revitalise rural and urban communities, strengthen the outdoor economy and bolster resilience to escalating climate-fuelled megafires, floods, and hurricanes.”