Colorado Governor Statement on “America the Beautiful”

DENVER, CO (STL.News) Governor Jared Polis provided a statement in response to the Biden Administration’s release of the “America the Beautiful” report and initiative, fulfilling a directive included in President Biden’s Executive Order 14008.  That order included an ambitious conservation goal that has been generally termed ‘thirty by thirty’.  This concept is derived from analyses suggesting the need to conserve thirty percent of natural lands by 2030 to avoid major ecosystem and society-wide impacts associated with the loss of natural ecosystems and impacts from climate change.

Governor Polis and the State of Colorado provided early input and suggestions to the Department of Interior via letter, noting Colorado’s extensive leadership and experience, and a call for collaborative and science-driven approaches to the fulfillment of President Biden’s executive order.  In particular the state’s input included the many policies Colorado is already undertaking in this space, and a call to ensure that policies and initiatives at the federal level are incentive based and respect private land-ownership that create partnerships rather than mandates.  The report released today tracks closely with Colorado’s recommendations.

“Today’s announcement opens the door to a collaborative and sustainable path toward conserving our critical ecosystems, supporting the Colorado way of life, while closing the door to fears about broad one-size-fits-all mandates,” said Governor Jared Polis. 

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