Letter: State and Local Elected Officials Support Protecting 30% of America’s Land and Ocean by 2030

Courtnee Connon, 727-744-4163, courtnee_connon@lcv.org

An open letter signed by 450 local and state elected officials declaring their support for protecting 30 percent of the nation’s lands and ocean by 2030 was released today. The state and local leaders’ letter comes at a time of growing momentum for 30×30 as President Biden begins to implement his agenda and calls for an ambitious and inclusive movement outlining six critical aspects of achieving a national goal of 30×30: more equitably distributing nature’s benefits; honoring the sovereignty of tribal nations; supporting locally-led conservation; protecting wildlife and biodiversity; supporting private conservation; and being guided by science.  

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) coordinated signatories with the support of our state partners in the Conservation Voter Movement and the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, which empowers a non-partisan network of legislators to develop equitable state environmental policies.