Statement on release of American Conservation and Stewardship Atlas

Apr 19, 2024

Tracking conserved acres is a huge step toward meeting 30×30 goal

DENVER—The Biden administration today launched, a beta version of the “American Conservation and Stewardship Atlas” which will track the conservation status of public, state, and private lands across the U.S. This tool came about through a public comment process in which the administration invited scientists and policy experts to weigh in on how to track land conservation across the country.

The Atlas, when complete, will be an important resource for federal, state, and local governments, communities, and advocacy groups that are working to ensure the country meets President Joe Biden’s America the Beautiful goal of protecting 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030.

The Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Executive Director Jennifer Rokala:

“This is an exciting day for the country. We’ve been eagerly anticipating a comprehensive tool to track land conservation since it was first mentioned at the beginning of President Biden’s first term. Since then, the president has taken historic measures to protect public lands, for which we are very grateful. Now we have a way to track our progress as a nation as we work to meet the goal of protecting 30 percent of American lands and waters by 2030.

“Creating a single reputable source of conservation data is not an easy task, and I applaud the Biden administration for taking the first steps to build a tool that will measure America’s progress. As states, counties, and cities add data to the Atlas, it will become an invaluable resource for America’s future. I also look forward to seeing more acres labeled as ‘protected’ as the president continues to designate and expand national monuments.”

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