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Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Along the Road to 30

Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Along the Road to 30

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is a landmark effort to conserve the iconic California desert and focus renewable energy development in suitable areas—a consensus plan with overwhelming support. As the country strives toward the 30×30 goal, the DRECP can serve as a case study of successful multiple-use planning to combat both the climate and nature crises. This report is part of our larger “Road to 30” interactive storymap series.

State Parks Along the Road to 30

State Parks Along the Road to 30

Reaching the goal of protecting 30% of America by 2030 will require grassroots efforts and local involvement in planning and management. State parks are a prime example of locally-led conservation efforts. This report is part of our larger “Road to 30” interactive storymap series.

Tribal Land Management Along the Road to 30

Tribal Land Management Along the Road to 30

Across the globe, indigenous people successfully conserve land and biodiversity. As human impacts encroach on half of the world’s land areas, indigenous communities have developed sustainable strategies for preserving wildlife and habitat, as well as supporting their communities. Moving forward, tribal land management can play an important role in reaching the goal of protecting 30% of America by 2030. This report is part of our larger “Road to 30” interactive storymap series.

National Wildlife Refuges Along the Road to 30

National Wildlife Refuges Along the Road to 30

Learn all about National Wildlife Refuges and how they can be part of the effort to protect 30% of America by 2030. From urban refuges to refuges that protect large landscapes, refuges provide wildlife with the habitat that they need while providing people with access to nature. This report is part of our larger “Road to 30” interactive storymap series.

National Parks Along the Road to 30

National Parks Along the Road to 30

National parks are some of America’s most popular outdoor spaces. As the country works to protect 30% of America by 2030, these cherished places can serve as conservation hubs from which entire ecosystems can be conserved for future generations. This report is part of our larger “Road to 30” interactive storymap series.

The Road to 30

The Road to 30

The Center for Western Priorities’ Road to 30 interactive digital report explores some — but certainly not all — of the methods of land conservation that will be integral to achieving the goal of protecting 30 percent of America’s lands and waters by 2030. Along the way we explore some of the places that have already been protected, celebrating past conservation efforts and considering how to move forward to protect our lands, waters, wildlife, and the communities that rely on them.

Sensitive public lands are not the place for oil leasing

Sensitive public lands are not the place for oil leasing

In 2020, Trump’s Interior Department was set to offer up nearly 400,000 acres of leases before the end of the year in what was its last major land giveaway to oil and gas companies. In the midst of a pandemic and economic crash is not the time to risk tourism and recreation economies, or access to public lands and open spaces that Westerners value. Public land that contains sensitive habitat or is located near iconic national parks and protected areas has no place in Interior Department lease sales.

America’s Public Lands Giveaway

America’s Public Lands Giveaway

The Wilderness Society and the Center for Western Priorities conducted a first-of-its-kind geospatial analysis to shine a light on the outdated leasing process. Using a newly developed tool, the analysis mapped all federal oil and gas leases, identifying instances where public lands leases were sold for bargain prices. Check out the interactive digital report.

Mapping the legacy of drilling in a protected monument

Mapping the legacy of drilling in a protected monument

According to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument contains 193 oil and gas wells and drilling sites. Many of these wells have been “abandoned” or “shut-in” and not properly reclaimed. As a result, the monument is littered with decaying oil and gas equipment that companies have failed to clean up.