• Group gets conservation easement despite political opposition

    By Corey Himrod August 30

    Attacks on voluntary private land conservation are nothing new, most recently manifesting around the Biden administration’s commitment to 30x30, falsely portraying its conservation incentives — things like increased funding to help accelerate private land conservation — as a federal land grab that tramples the rights of landowners.

  • Biden administration pledging $1 billion for conservation

    By Kirsten Ferguson July 12

    Earlier this year, the White House announced the $1 billion America the Beautiful Challenge to support community-led efforts to conserve and restore lands and waters across the country. The initiative will leverage federal funding to protect rivers and coastlines, connect wildlife corridors, restore forests and grasslands, improve climate resilience, and expand access to nature through a “one-stop shop” to apply for funding.

  • Elevating private land conservation

    By Andrew Bowman May 31

    I recently had the opportunity to participate in a panel at POLITICO’s annual sustainability summit in Washington, D.C. While the focus of the panel was on restoring biodiversity in the U.S., the conversation was wide-ranging, covering natural climate solutions, 30x30 and much more.

  • New York rallies to join the push for 30x30

    By Marguerite Royo May 18

    In Jan. 2021, President Biden issued an executive order that pledged to conserve at least 30% of lands and waters in the U.S. by 2030. The goal of this 30x30 initiative is to address the climate crisis by safeguarding biodiversity, protecting clean air and water, increasing carbon sequestration, protecting habitats, and promoting greater climate resiliency. Research shows that this is the minimum level of conservation needed to mitigate the worst effects of climate change globally.

  • Re: Climate (2022.04)

    By Kelly Watkinson April 26

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a scientific body convened by the United Nations, recently released a new report that takes an in-depth look at climate change mitigation and the possible pathways toward a safe climate future.

  • Re: Climate (2021.08)

    By Kelly Watkinson August 16, 2021

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a scientific body convened by the United Nations, last week released a major new climate assessment.

  • Making the case for conservation

    By Andrew Bowman July 9, 2021

    I have long touted the opportunities and challenges of a national goal to protect 30% of the nation’s land base by 2030. Such a goal creates opportunities for our community because land trusts are critical to it becoming a reality.

  • We can make the 30x30 goal a reality

    By Andrew Bowman May 6, 2021

    Today, the Biden administration provided more clarity on its commitment to conserve 30% of our nation’s lands and waters by 2030 with the release of the Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful report. It is good news for land trusts.

  • An audacious and timely conservation challenge

    By Andrew Bowman January 29, 2021

    We should all applaud President Biden's executive order calling for conservation of 30% of the U.S. land base by 2030. This bold "30x30" vision is firmly rooted in science, given that protected land is key to a healthy and secure future for all Americans.