U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines, who serves as the Senate Western Caucus Chairman, sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland renewing his request for details on the Biden administration’s “30 by 30” initiative, or “America the Beautiful.”
“As we have warned in the past, the lack of information and transparency leads many Westerners to fear the ‘America the Beautiful’ initiative is at best, a thoughtless approach to conservation, and at worst, a top-down land-grab,” the Chairmen wrote.
“Healthy and resilient landscapes are the cornerstone of our western way of life. Those who are closest to the land, whose quality and way of life depend upon the land, have the most at stake. Rural Americans take pride in managing our resources for the betterment of the environment, surrounding communities, and future generations. The continued alienation of key constituencies and lack of transparency is not in the best interest of our conservation goals,” the letter continues.
Daines joined Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04) in sending the letter. Read the full letter HERE.
The letter was sent on the one-year anniversary of the Congressional and Senate Western Caucuses releasing their alternative proposal, the Western Conservation Principles, which outlines conservation policy proposals and practices with measurable environmental benefits that are utilized throughout rural America.