WLA's advocacy paying off
USDA leadership announces "next chapter" of conservation, focusing on working lands and stewardship in landmark speech
USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Robert Bonnie gave a groundbreaking keynote address at the 150th Anniversary of Yellowstone National Park. In it, he announced a partnership between USDA and the state of Wyoming to conserve habitat for big game migrations on private land surrounding Yellowstone National Park. But more importantly, he inaugurated a "new chapter" in conservation, one that he said, echoing WLA's advocacy documents directly, must inevitably focus on working lands and supporting private land stewardship.
THE VOICE OF STEWARDSHIP
Our roadmap to a conservation model that works for rural America, working lands and wildlife.
Conservation as usual isn’t working. We are literally losing ground and natural resources every day. We can’t afford to waste any more time with top-down solutions that don’t work. It’s time for an entirely new approach to conservation.
The Biden administration announced a major rollout of policy priorities, via executive action, during their first 10 days in office. Many of these priorities will have direct impacts on western working lands, especially major climate and biodiversity initiatives like 30 by 30.
Meanwhile, many are wondering how the Biden Administration can find enough common purpose with rural communities and people in red states to re-unify our divided country.
We're here to tell you, there are ways that the administration can accomplish both goals. But they have to be committed to working on them not just over the first 10 days, or 100 days, but over the first 1000 days (in other words, the entire term).
We sent the administration this handy roadmap to these first 1000 days, and let them know we are committed long-term to fighting for a conservation model that works for working lands. They're listening. It's time to raise the voice of stewardship. Join us.
May 6, 2021 - The Biden administration released a long-anticipated report detailing their proposal to conserve 30 percent of US lands and waters by 2030 (known as 30x30). While the initiative has generated significant speculation and controversy, today’s report appears to indicate a determination on the part of the administration to chart solid middle ground.