ACTION ALERT: Attend Regional CA 30×30 Public Meetings

ACTION ALERT: Attend Regional CA 30×30 Public Meetings 1024 410 California Wilderness Coalition

We need your input! Please join the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA)’s virtual meetings on the 30×30 initiative coming up in late April and early May (see below for specific dates by region).

30×30 is an international movement to conserve at least 30% of the planet’s lands and waters by 2030. A growing community of scientists sees this threshold as the bare minimum needed to preserve biodiversity, fight climate change, and secure our own health and prosperity. The initiative is based on five principles: support locally led conservation; work toward a more equitable and inclusive vision for nature conservation; honor the sovereignty of Tribal nations and Indigenous communities; support private land conservation; and be guided by science. The key is picking the most effective and equitable 30% to conserve.

In recent months, 30×30 has made exciting breakthroughs in the U.S. In October 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-82-20 committing the state to the conserving at least 30% of its land and coastal waters by 2030. To help achieve this goal, the order created the California Biodiversity Collaborative, comprising state agencies, non-governmental organizations, businesses, sovereign Tribal nations, academics, recreational users, and others. By February 1st, 2022, the relevant state agencies – in consultation with the Collaborative – must develop and report strategies to the governor of how to achieve the 30×30 target. The focus is not just on acreage protected – a holistic approach is being pursued to also ensure economic sustainability and food security; protection and restoration of biodiversity; cooperation with diverse stakeholders on a range of landscapes (including farms and working forests); greater climate and wildfire resilience; and expanded equitable outdoor access for all Californians.

On January 27th, 2021, President Joe Biden then issued Executive Order 14008 committing the U.S. to 30×30, joining the ranks of roughly 40 other countries. Like the California order, this is to be a broad, collaborative process, including state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments, landowners, recreational users, and other stakeholders. Working with other relevant agency heads, the Interior Secretary – Deb Haaland, the first Indigenous person to ever hold the office – will present an initial report in the coming weeks with recommended steps on how to achieve 30×30, including guidelines for determining what qualifies as protected and ways to measure progress.

CNRA’s virtual meetings in April and May will allow the public to provide input on meeting the state’s commitment to 30×30 and accelerating nature-based solutions to address climate change. These perspectives will help CNRA develop a broad definition of “conserved” that does not exclude people or use, recognizing that smart planning allows for both conservation and development. Using this definition, CNRA and other agencies will subsequently create a “Pathways to 30 by 2030” plan that identifies conservation opportunities and strategies to help California reach that goal.

Your voice is critical in this process! Federal public lands comprise over 44% of California, but most are still open to various forms of development, even though they are vital to our state’s water supply and biodiversity in less compromised forms. We need individuals and California agencies like CNRA to engage in federal land management planning processes and push federal agencies to better protect and steward public lands.

And much remains to be done! Only about 22% of California’s land and 16% of its oceans currently have strong protection. For 30×30 to succeed, it will be absolutely essential to protect public lands, both federal and state. For lands within California’s authority, these virtual meetings will be important opportunities for CalWild supporters to push for direct conservation action, including proposing specific areas and strategies for the “Pathways to 30 by 2030” plan. Is there a place near and dear to your heart that deserves formal protection? As for federal lands, we must all press the Biden administration and Congress to protect, restore, and provide sustainable funding for lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. The broad, inclusive nature of the process means that our voices will carry real weight – so please join us!

Meeting Date/Region (all to be held from 4:00-6:00pm PDT):

April 20 Sacramento Valley Region

Sacramento, Yolo, Sutter, Yuba, Colusa, Glenn, Butte, Tehama, Shasta, the eastern half of Solano, and western part of Placer counties. 

Register at the Zoom Link

 

April 21 San Francisco Bay Area Region

San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Sonoma, Napa, and the western half of Solano counties.

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April 27 Central Coast Region

Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties. 

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April 28 Sierra Nevada Region

Modoc, Lassen, Plumas, Sierra Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, Alpine, Mono, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Inyo, and the eastern parts of Madera, Fresno, Tulare, and Kern counties. 

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April 29 San Joaquin Valley Region

San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Kings, and the western parts of Madera, Fresno, Tulare, and Kern counties. 

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May 4 North Coast Region

Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Siskiyou, and Del Norte counties. 

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May 5 Los Angeles Region

Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, and the western parts of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. 

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May 6 Inland Deserts Region

Imperial and the eastern parts of San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

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May 11 San Diego Region

San Diego County

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Note: you don’t have to be a resident of a particular region to attend – if you work in, visit, or have a personal connection to multiple regions, please join as many as you can!

Suggested Talking Points on Public Lands for 30×30 Meetings

  • Adopt a definition of “conserved” that is limited only to those lands and waters that are permanently protected from industrial development and other forms of despoilation. Examples of such strongly conserved public lands include designated wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, national monuments, state preserves, wildlife refuges, and national and state parks.
  • Actively support current legislation in Congress and the State Legislature that pursues 30×30 goals for California’s public lands and waters.
  • Urge Congress and the State Legislature to craft and pursue new legislative protections for California’s public lands.
  • Help federal agencies identify key public lands and waters that deserve protection or special management because of their superlative natural, cultural, or other values.
  • Help identify potential new and/or expanded wildlife refuges and work with the federal government and other partners to establish the areas.
  • Actively engage in land management planning processes and similar public engagement opportunities, particularly those undertaken by the USFS, BLM, and USFWS. When participating in these processes, strongly encourage the federal agencies to pursue 30×30 conservation and equity goals.
  • Work with Tribes as appropriate to promote the application of traditional ecological knowledge in the management of public lands.
  • Work with agencies to identify strategically important private lands that are near or adjacent to existing public lands that can be acquired and protected or at least placed under a conservation easement. Consider the protection and restoration of important habitat, public access, equity, and other key factors when identifying priority lands.
  • Resolve the longstanding issue of the management of State Lands Commission parcels, especially where they exist as inholdings among other public lands. Ensure that the lands are conserved to the maximum extent possible.
  • Oppose destructive proposed energy, logging, road construction, oil and gas, or other projects on public lands that may destroy key habitat or harm communities.
  • Urge Congress to appropriate funding levels for the BLM, USFS, and NPS that will enable the agencies to effectively manage and protect California’s federal public lands and waters and provide for equitable, well-planned, and sustainable access and recreation.
  • Provide for adequate and sustainable funding for California state parks, wildlife refuges, and other conserved lands.
  • Teach California’s school children about public lands and waters and their importance. Help kids experience public lands in-person.
  • Urge President Biden to develop federal 30×30 policies that are as strong or stronger than those being developed by the State of California.
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