Western Governors reiterate need for federal-state consultation during NOAA development of “30 by 30” conservation proposal

Western Governors continue to press for the importance of states being regularly consulted throughout development of the Biden Administration’s Report on Conserving and Restoring America The Beautiful, Including Conserving At Least 30 Percent of U.S. Lands and Waters By 2030. Most recently, on Nov. 18, Western Governors responded to a request for information by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on actions the agency might take to advance the “30-by-30” plan. WGA Chair, Idaho Gov. Brad Little, and Vice-Chair, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, specifically highlighted the necessity of federal-state consultation in defining the term “conserved,” for purposes of meeting the goals of the proposal.. “Adopting an overly stringent definition of 'conserved' that does not accommodate necessary management activities,” the letter read, “would have detrimental effects on ecosystem health and function.” Read, download the letter.   

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