Restore the Delta: Governor Newsom’s “30 by 30” Conservation/Climate Plan Offers Hope

For Immediate Release: October 7, 2020

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053

SACRAMENTO, CA — California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-82-20, makes California the first state to proactively advance work to protect 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030.

According to the governor’s press release

“The order directs state agencies to deploy a number of strategies to store carbon in the state’s natural and working lands and remove it from the atmosphere. The order also sets a first-in-the-nation goal to conserve 30 percent of the state’s land and coastal water by 2030 to fight species loss and ecosystem destruction.”

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director, Restore the Delta said: 

“After hearing some of the details of this order, we are encouraged to see Governor Newsom embrace a bold strategy to address the climate and biodiversity crises. We agree with the Governor’s emphasis on nature-based solutions for climate change and saving biodiversity, and for using the land conservation strategy as a way to improve public access to lands and natural areas for all Californians.  

“We also applaud Newsom Administration efforts to work with California tribes, fishing and hunting, and environmental justice groups.  We think that the state land conservation goal of 30% by 2030 is important. 

“We also agree that carbon sequestration through land management is essential to achieve carbon neutrality. We applaud the forward effort to build carbon sequestration into farming practices as part of groundwater resources management and drought mitigation. 

“Mitigating climate change impacts and protecting biodiversity is the touchstone for protecting the San Francisco Bay-Delta for future generations, and for all Californians.”

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