“America the Beautiful” Report Gets Mixed Reviews

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”  – Abraham Lincoln

The following are diverse viewpoints, from rural and agricultural interests, of the USDA/USDI “America the Beautiful” Report. The report responds to the inclusion of the “30X30” agenda (“conserving” 30 percent of American lands by the year 3030) in Joe Biden’s Executive Order 14008, dubbed “Tackling Climate Change.”

 

Favorable Reviews:

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council

National Association of Conservation Districts

Beef Magazine

 

Skeptical Reviews:

Frank DuBois: The Westerner

American Stewards of Liberty

 

Neutral Reviews:

American Farm Bureau Federation


Left-wing environmentalists’ entirely favorable responses to the report:

Wilderness Society:  “The Wilderness Society looks to landscapes such as the Arctic Refuge, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Tongass National Forest as examples of locally-driven conservation in action that supports long-term protection of nature and builds resilient communities.”

Earthjustice“This report is a critical first acknowledgment and outline for action to confront the biodiversity crisis. …We thank the administration for putting forward this report and committing to better management of our lands and waters in a way that prioritizes equitable participation, environmental justice, Tribal sovereignty, and local leadership at every step. Meaningful inclusion of Indigenous, tribal, environmental justice, and other resource users is essential to sustaining our environment and our nation’s future.”

Center for Biological Diversity: “This report is a good start, but it’s critical to ensure that at least 30% of our wild places in the U.S. and in Arizona are fully protected,” said Joe Trudeau, Southwest conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity. “ …

…“While large landscape conservation designations are a big piece of achieving Arizona’s 30×30 goals, there are important roles to be played by conservation easements benefiting private landowners, as well as community parks, open spaces and active restoration projects,” said Mike Quigley, Arizona state director of The Wilderness Society.”…

…“Sierra Club is eager to work on this program to protect lands and waters throughout the U.S. including here in Arizona,” said Sandy Bahr, director of Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon (Arizona) Chapter. “This effort must be grounded in equity and justice, recognizing the leadership and knowledge of Indigenous people and diverse communities relative to the lands and waters that may be considered for protection and ensuring that these communities are part of 30×30 from the beginning.”

“On publicly owned national forests and Bureau of Land Management lands, this should include creating new wildlife refuges, wilderness areas, parks and monuments.”

““Preserving this spectacular natural wonder [granite rock formations] on the edge of one of Arizona’s fastest-growing cities [Prescott] is a prime example of why 30×30 is so critically important,” said Amber Fields, chair of Save the Dells. “Without efforts like ours, urban sprawl will continue to gobble up Arizona’s precious land and water. We can’t let that happen and we invite everyone to join this effort for the sake of future generations.”