The Western Road to 30

Apr 22, 2021

How Western states can contribute to conserving 30% of America by 2030

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The Center for Western Priorities’ Western Road to 30 report examines how Western states are contributing to the bold goal to protect 30% of America’s lands and waters by 2030. Home to iconic natural landscapes, varied ecosystems that support wildlife, and strong local communities and economies, Western states can lead the way with state-level conservation efforts and funding, implementing creative solutions to promote, support, and continue the incredible work already being done all across the West. The findings in this report can provide a roadmap for individual states to identify opportunities to further advance conservation efforts.

The grassroots 30×30 movement will vary between states, as each has its own landscapes, natural environments, political considerations, and suite of stakeholders and landowners. As a result, different tools, partnerships, pathways, and priorities can be part of the 30×30 initiative in each individual state. The report assesses eight states across the West—Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming—on a variety of aspects related to land and water conservation, finding best practices and success stories that can contribute to the 30×30 goal.

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The interactive report includes six different conservation subject areas:

To learn about the 30×30 goal and why we need to reach it, visit or check out our brief video summary:

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