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The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Says Biden’s Ambitious Plan is Needed to Address America’s Climate Crises and Help Protect Our Parks

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, President Biden announced his Administration’s new conservation plan, laying out an ambitious effort to conserve more of America’s majestic and beautiful lands, waters, and wildlife, and increase access to the outdoors for all Americans.

The plan lays out a ten-year goal of conserving and safeguarding 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030, increasing access to our parks and public lands, and ensuring that conservation efforts are guided by sound science.

In reaction to the proposal, Phil Francis, chair of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks, issued the following statement:

“We strongly support President Biden’s ambitious and critically-needed conservation plan. This enthusiastic and intentional vision will help protect our national parks, ameliorate the impacts of climate change on our irreplaceable resources, and ensure that all Americans have access to our country’s incredible parks and lands.

“President Biden’s committed approach to conserve at least 30% of U.S. lands, waters and ocean territory by 2030 is critical to saving our natural world and protecting us from the worst impacts of climate change.

“We welcome President Biden’s national goal that would re-establish the US as a global leader in conservation. Our National Park System sets an example for countries around the world and we must do all that we can to protect our parks, and our natural and cultural resources. We are glad to celebrate President Biden’s commitment to renewing that mission.

“We must protect and preserve our parks, our public lands, and our environment so that future generations can continue to enjoy them, just as we do today.”