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Restoring America the Beautiful

Restoring America the Beautiful

Restoring America the Beautiful

With Restoring America the Beautiful, our country is set to pursue a goal of conserving at least 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030. Many say, “What better way to put millions of Americans to work than by investing in the collaborative restoration of America’s forests, wetlands, grasslands, shrublands, waterways, urban parks, and coasts from sea to shining sea?

The President’s national conservation goal also provides an opportunity to better honor and support the people and communities who serve as stewards of our lands and waters. This is a call to action to support locally led conservation and restoration efforts, wherever communities wish to safeguard the lands and waters they know and love. Doing so will not only protect our lands and waters but also boost our economy and support jobs nationwide.

The pursuit of a decade-long national conservation effort should be faithful to eight core principles which include a commitment to collaboration, support for voluntary and locally led conservation, and honoring of Tribal sovereignty and private property rights as essential ingredients to building and maintaining broad support, enthusiasm, and trust for this effort.

These principles are critical to achieving durable outcomes that meaningfully improve the lives of Americans.

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