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Biden Enlists Ranchers, Tribes to Conserve 30% of Land and Water

  • Broad new environmental strategy leans on voluntary efforts
  • Initiative sidesteps government land purchases, monuments
    
Photographer: Yichuan Cao/NurPhoto/Getty Images

The Biden administration is unveiling a plan to conserve 30% of U.S. lands and waters by the end of the decade, a top priority for environmentalists who see the initiative as a way to fight climate change and safeguard species on the brink of extinction.

The blueprint, set to be released by top administration officials Thursday morning, offers a broad-ranging strategy for encouraging tribes, farmers and ranchers to voluntarily protect land, including by enrolling territory in existing federal conservation programs and the creation of new parks near urban areas.