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August 31, 2022  

Washington, DC  

President Joe Biden’s “30 X 30” initiative threatens to be the biggest federal land grab since  Congress passed the Endangered Species Act in 1973. Executive Order 14008 on “Tackling the  Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad,” signed by President Biden on 27th January 2021, directs  the Secretary of the Interior in section 216 “to achieve the goal of conserving at least 30 percent  of our lands and waters by 2030.”  

Although roughly 640 million acres (or 27%) of America’s total land mass are already owned by the four federal land agencies, the Secretary of the Interior’s initial report, titled “Conserving and  Restoring America the Beautiful,” makes it clear that 30 X 30 will target massive amounts of privately-owned land for government control as well as eliminating natural resource production  (including oil and gas, hardrock minerals, timber, and livestock grazing) on National Forests and public lands owned by the Bureau of Land Management. Radical preservation groups and other proponents of 30 X 30 have stated emphatically that locking up the West and Alaska, where most of the federal lands are, is not sufficient; instead, they insist that 30% of each “eco-region”  must be under federal land-use management. This will necessarily require regulating hundreds of millions of acres of private land.  

Conservatives strongly oppose 30 X 30 for the following reasons:  

  • Property rights and widespread ownership of private property are essential foundations of limited government and ordered liberty. The current extent of federal land ownership and of federal land-use controls already threatens these vital constitutional underpinnings. 30  X 30 constitutes another step on the regulatory road to serfdom.  
  • When government owns or controls most of the land in rural America, government then controls the rural economies and the lives of rural Americans. Rather than adding another layer of federal regulation over rural America, the President and the Congress should be repealing or reforming existing federal land-use controls and radically reducing the amount of land owned by the federal land agencies.  
  • The federal land agencies are more often than not terrible stewards of the environment. For example, the catastrophic wildfires that have destroyed millions of acres of forests in the West and the wildlife living there are fires that start and spread on federal land because of misguided preservationist policies. Private land owners, on the other hand, have strong incentives to take care of what they own through active management. Existing federal controls on private land, such as endangered species habitat designations, have created perverse incentives and thereby damaged the environment. Imposing another layer of federal land-use control can only lead to further environmental degradation.  
  • There is no existing legislative authority for 30 X 30, and the 117th Congress has taken no steps to authorize 30 X 30. No hearings have been held by the House and Senate committees of jurisdiction, and no bills to authorize a 30 X 30 program have been introduced. In fact, the only bill that has been introduced, by Representative Lauren  Boebert, would prohibit implementation of 30 X 30.  

We encourage all Americans to oppose this illegal, immense, and catastrophic expansion of federal control over our property and our lives.  

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)

Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute

The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio

The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
The Leadership Institute

Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
President and CEO
First Liberty Institute

The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)

Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President & CEO, Conservative Partnership Institute

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)

Tom Jones
American Accountability Foundation

The Honorable Paul S. Teller, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Advancing American Freedom

Terry Schilling
American Principles Project

Alfred S. Regnery
Republic Book Publishers

Lisa B. Nelson
Chief Executive Officer
American Legislative Exchange Council

The Honorable Matt Schlapp

Chad Connelly
Founder and President
Faith Wins

The Honorable David McIntosh
Club for Growth

Scott T. Parkinson
Vice President for Government Affairs
Club for Growth

L. Brent Bozell III
Founder and President
Media Research Center

Thomas Fitton
President, Judicial Watch, Inc.
President, Council for National Policy

Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund

David N. Bossie
Citizens United

Noah Wall
Executive Vice President

The Honorable Tony Perkins
Family Research Council

William L. Walton
The Bill Walton Show
Resolute Protector Foundation

The Honorable Russ Vought
Office of Management and Budget (2020-2021)

David Bozell

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council

Wesley Denton
Chief Operating Officer
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)

Lori Roman
ACRU Action Fund

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
Executive Chairman
Center for Security Policy

The Honorable Brooke Rollins
President and CEO
America First Policy Institute (AFPI)

The Honorable Ken Cuccinelli
Former AG of Virginia & Asst. Deputy Sec.,
Dept. of Homeland Security
Center for Renewing America

The Honorable Ken Ivory
Utah House of Representatives

The Honorable Scott Walker
Young America’s Foundation

The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for President Reagan (1985-1988)

The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel
U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)
U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)

Rod D. Martin
Founder & CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Guillermo J. Aragon
Chief Strategy Officer
Martin Capital

Christina Murphy Lusk
The Martin Foundation

Lourdes Cosio
Campaign for the American Future

Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Shawn A. Mitchell
Former National Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

The Honorable Stephen Stockman
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Texas

Anne Schlafly Cori
Eagle Forum

Ron Pearson
Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund

Dr. Virginia Armstrong
Natl Director, Law & Worldview Program
Eagle Forum

Tim Throckmorton
Lifepointe Ministry

The Honorable Peter Hoekstra
Member of Congress 1993-2011
Ambassador (Ret)

Joan Holt Lindsey
Lindsey Communications

Richard D. Hayes
Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP

Jack Park
Conservative Activist and Donor

Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property

Judson Phillips
Tea Party Nation

Thomas Pyle
American Energy Alliance

The Honorable Jake Hoffman
President & CEO

G. Eric Georgatos
Executive Producer
America Can We Talk?

Tom DeWeese
American Policy Center

Paul Gessing
Rio Grande Foundation

Caren Cowan
Executive Director
Protect Americans Now

Don L. (Bebo) Lee
New Mexico Federal Lands Council

Joseph A. Morris
Partner, Morris & De La Rosa
Chairman, The Heartland Institute

Dr. Paige Patterson
Sandy Creek Foundation

The Honorable Mike Hill
Former Member
Florida State Representative

The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.
Former Assistant Director
U.S. National Park Service

Gerard Kassar
State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party

The Honorable Gail Griffin

Ed Regan
Former Resource Manager (1995 – 2021)
RY Timber, Inc.

Dr. E. Calvin Beisner
Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation

Ambassador Henry F. Cooper
President Reagan Chief Defense and Space Negotiator
Former SDI Director

Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness

Rod Vandenbos

Sean Noble
American Encore

Tim Macy
Chairman of the Board
Gun Owners of America

Michelle Easton
Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women

C. Preston Noell III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Don Woodsmall
President (Interim)
Center for Security Policy

Martha Boneta Fain

Ashley Baker
Director of Public Policy
Committee for Justice

Michael J. Petersen
State Representative
Utah House of Representatives

Seton Motley
Less Government

Kristen A. Ullman
Eagle Forum

Carl Albrecht
State Legislator

Kay R. Daly
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

Melvin Adams
Noah Webster Educational Foundation

Mark Fitzgibbons
President of Corporate Affairs
American Target Advertising

Andresen Blom
Hawaiian Values

Kevin Freeman
NSIC Institute

Richard Rounsavelle

Nancy Schulze
Founder, CEO
RCW Speakers

Sal Russo
Co-Founder and Chief Strategist
Tea Party Express

Penna Dexter
Point of View Radio

The Honorable Diana Denman
Presidential Appointee
President Ronald Reagan

Richard Manning
Americans for Limited Government

Eaton Hopkins
Liberty Surgical, Inc.

The Honorable Peter J. Thomas
The Conservative Caucus

Ralph A. Rebandt II
Ralph Rebandt for Governor

James Edwards
Executive Director
Conservatives for Property Rights

Dr. Jerome Robert Corsi
Founder and CEO

Darrell A. Henry
Executive Director
Western Caucus Foundation

The Honorable Terrence Scanlon
Retired Chairman and President
Capital Research Center

Chris Wright
Executive Committee Member
Potomac Tea Party

Willes K. Lee
Vice President
National Rifle Association of America

The Honorable Cheryl K. Acton
Utah House of Representatives

Allen J. Hebert
American-Chinese Fellowship

Kent Glesener
Paradigm Construction & Engineering, Inc.

Floyd Brown
The Western Journal

Alan Gardner
American Lands Council

Greg Walcher
Former Executive Director
Colorado Dept. of Natural Resources

Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
60 Plus Association

James L. Martin
60 Plus Association

Heather R. Higgins
Independent Women’s Voice

Carrie L. Lukas
Independent Women’s Forum