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Opt in to 30x30 to preserve environment

I don’t understand how Texas-based American Stewards of Liberty could come to Montezuma County and further divide our community on the 30x30 issue before the facts are even known.

This resolution began in Colorado as the 30x30 Resolution to Save Nature by Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall. Hardly a federal land grab by President Joe Biden!

San Miguel County passed a resolution to support 30x30 in August 2020. La Plata County passed a resolution to support 30x30 in December 2020. The fact that it spread around the country means we should opt in to support the 30x30 initiative and science-based, locally led efforts to conserve and restore at least 30% of lands and waters by 2030.

Who doesn’t want clean air, water and land conservation for future generations? If we don’t act now, the drought will get worse and we’ll have less irrigation water for our pastures, animals and hay fields. Our way of life will be spoiled for future generations.

It’s also disturbing that we are experiencing political division in our community. As a solution, I suggest we opt in to 30x30 and work together as a community to count up our beautiful lands and parks that are already being protected. I’d be surprised if we couldn’t come up with 30%. Future generations would thank us for protecting our beautiful home.

I thank The Journal for printing environmental articles – it’s about science, not politics!

Jennifer Singer