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GUEST EDITORIAL                                                                               The Midwest Cattleman · April 22, 2021 · P4

      Conservation plan or land grab?

                        By Jim Hartman   tainable. The USGS came up  are included in this initiative,  Ears and the nearby Grand
                                         with the 12 percent already  setting up issues for potential  Staircase-Escalante              monu-
                          In an ex- conserved number, but even  federal overreach. Subjecting  ment. He opened the New
                        ecutive order  the Biden administration ac- private landowners to this  England marine monument
                        issued     Jan. knowledges it needs to better  nebulous federal program is  to fishing.  Restoring those
                        27, President  understand what qualifies as  a breach of private property  monuments is expected to be
                        Joe      Biden “conserved.”                         rights.                           Biden’s first “30 by 30” action.
                        mandated a          In a March 15 letter to           As far as federal land goes,  Additionally, the National
      one-year moratorium on new  Biden, 64 Republican mem- the quickest path to increas- Park Service has identified
      oil and gas leases on public  bers of Congress, including  ing the number of acres con- more  than  11,000 tracts  of
      lands. Quietly contained in  Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah and  served would be to create new  land near park boundaries
      that order (executive order  Rep. Mark Amodei of Nevada,  national parks, monuments,  for purchase, comprising 1.6
      14008) is a  “30 by 30” pro- expressed concern about the  and wilderness areas to add  million acres.
      gram, an aggressive – even  lack of details accompanying  to existing acres. Biden has                     Even if the Park Service
      radical – push by environ- the goals, and the inability  authority under the Antiqui- acquired it all, it would bare-
      mental and climate change  of Biden’s Interior Secretary,  ties Act to create and restore  ly impact the more than 400
      activists to put 30 percent  Deb Haaland, to answer ques- national monuments on land  million  additional  acres  re-
      of the land and water in the  tions about  the initiative in  or sea, and unlike national  quired to conserve 30 percent
      United States under perma- her confirmation hearing.                  parks, no approval  by Con- of U.S. lands.
      nent protection by 2030.              The letter notes that the  gress is required.                        State and local govern-
         Their stated purpose is to  federal government manages               President Obama  estab- ments, the energy, minerals
      conserve more wildland to  640 million acres of land, over  lished two marine monu- and  agriculture  sectors,  pri-
      reduce the effects of climate  90% of which is west of the  ments  off New England and  vate property owners, tribes,
      change and slow species loss.  Mississippi. With  significant  expanded two marine monu- sportsmen and recreationists
      Ecologists contend that con- federal land ownership, west- ments in the Pacific. He also  need their voices heard in the
      serving 30  percent of the  ern states will be  dispropor- established the 1.35 mil- “30 by 30” process.
      world’s land and water will  tionately impacted by policies  lion-acre Bears Ears National                 Jim Hartman is an attor-
      protect about 75 percent of  set to achieve the “30 by 30”  Monument in Utah.                           ney in Genoa, Nevada.
      the Earth’s species.               goal.                                President Trump withdrew
         The  U.S. is  currently  con-      Haaland’s       appointment 2 million acres from Bears  
      serving about 26  percent of       was    newsworthy       because
      its coastal waters but only        she became the first Native
      around 12 percent of its land  American to lead the Interi-              www
      in a largely natural state, ac- or Department.  A supporter
      cording to the U.S. Geological  of the Green New Deal, Haa-
      Survey.                            land is a staunch progressive
         To reach the “30 by 30” tar- who wants to stop all oil and
      get will require conserving an  gas leasing on public lands.
      area  twice  the  size  of Texas,  In 2019, she was sponsor of
      more than 440 million acres,  House Resolution 835 –  “30
      within the next 10 years.  by 30” mirroring legislation,
      The White House has not yet  “with a long-term goal of con-
      specified who will oversee the  serving 1/2 of the planet…”
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         Skeptics find the goal laud- Recently, the Biden adminis-
      able, but also vague and unat- tration clarified private lands
       Biden’s “30 By 30 Plan” – a Slap at

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