New Mexico's Congressional delegation has been at the forefront of creating a federal and state movement to protect 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030, aptly named the 30x30 initiative.
Please thank them!
This initiative is a part of President Biden's executive order to address the climate crisis. Achieving a national goal of 30×30 has six key components: more equitably distributing nature's benefits; honoring the sovereignty of tribal nations; supporting locally led conservation; protecting wildlife and biodiversity; supporting private conservation; and being guided by science. New Mexico has an opportunity to be a leader in this effort.
As New Mexicans, we know that our hunting, fishing, outdoor heritage and way of life require healthy, intact natural landscapes and clean, flowing rivers. The 30x30 initiative will help set our state on a path to achieve the landscape-scale protections we know we need by 2030 in order to preserve our wild places for our communities and future generations to enjoy.Please thank these elected officials for their decisive leadership in protecting our lands, wildlife, culture, and access to the outdoors, while creating economic opportunity for communities across New Mexico.
To the Honorable Senator Martin Heinrich, Senator Ben Ray Lujan, and Representative Teresa Leger Fernandez,
New Mexicans' hearts and livelihoods are rooted in our open spaces.
We applaud your leadership in supporting President Biden's pledge to protect 30% of our land and waters by 2030 (30 x 30) as part of his recent Executive Order on Climate. Protecting more lands, water, and wildlife habitat in the next decade will preserve our state's way of life for future generations. The 30x30 effort will expand access to the outdoors, conserve watersheds, and increase opportunities for hunting and fishing.
New Mexico has an opportunity to be a leader in this effort by advancing locally-led conservation initiatives, building a more inclusive, equitable, and just approach to the restoration, stewardship, and access of our lands, and providing needed economic support to our rural communities.
Achieving this goal will require broad support from sovereign tribes, traditional land users, sportsmen and women, outdoor recreationists, private landowners, and coordination among local, state, and federal governments.
Your support and continued leadership are critical to a viable 30x30 program in New Mexico and to our state's ability to address the decline in nature and extinction crisis while developing a vibrant and equitable economy that boosts our diverse communities.
Thank you for your vision and commitment.