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Conservative Leaders: Oppose Biden’s ‘30 X 30’ Federal Land Grab

The conservative leaders of the Conservative Action Project have released a new “Memo for the Movement” regarding “30 X 30” Biden’s latest extra-constitutional executive order.

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.


The United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 we urge ConservativeHQ readers and friends to call their Representative and Senators to demand they join Rep. Lauren Boebert and cosponsor her bill to prohibit implementation of 30 X 30.


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 Becky Norton Dunlop

White House Advisor

President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)

The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.

Former Assistant Director

U.S. National Park Service


The Honorable Bob McEwen

U.S. House of Representatives

Former Member, Ohio


Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.

President and CEO

First Liberty Institute


Ed Corrigan

Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project and President & CEO, Conservative Partnership Institute


Tom Jones

Co-Founder

American Accountability Foundation


Terry Schilling

President

American Principles Project


Lisa B. Nelson

Chief Executive Officer

American Legislative Exchange Council


Chad Connelly

Founder and President

Faith Wins


Scott T. Parkinson

Vice President for Government Affairs

Club for Growth


Thomas Fitton

President, Judicial Watch, Inc.

President, Council for National Policy


David N. Bossie

President

Citizens United


The Honorable Tony Perkins

President

Family Research Council


The Honorable Russ Vought

Director, Office of Management and Budget (2020-2021)


Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)

Executive Vice President

Family Research Council


Lori Roman

President

ACRU Action Fund


The Honorable Brooke Rollins

President and CEO

America First Policy Institute (AFPI)


The Honorable Ken Ivory

Representative

Utah House of Representatives


The Honorable James C. Miller III

Budget Director for President Reagan (1985-1988)


Rod D. Martin

Founder & CEO

The Martin Organization, Inc.


Christina Murphy Lusk

President

The Martin Foundation


Sherri R. Martin

Executive Vice President

The Martin Organization, Inc.


The Honorable Stephen Stockman

U.S. House of Representatives

Former Member, Texas


Ron Pearson

Executive Director

Conservative Victory Fund


Tim Throckmorton

President

Lifepointe Ministry


Joan Holt Lindsey

President

Lindsey Communications


Jack Park

Conservative Activist and Donor


Judson Phillips

Founder

Tea Party Nation


The Honorable Jake Hoffman

President & CEO

AlignAct.com


Tom DeWeese

President

American Policy Center


Caren Cowan

Executive Director

Protect Americans Now


Joseph A. Morris

Partner, Morris & De La Rosa

Chairman, The Heartland Institute


The Honorable Mike Hill

Former Member

Florida State Representative


Gerard Kassar

State Chairman

NYS Conservative Party


Ed Regan

Former Resource Manager (1995 - 2021)

RY Timber, Inc.


Ambassador Henry F. Cooper

President Reagan Chief Defense and Space Negotiator, Former SDI Director


Rod Vandenbos

CEO

R2 LLC


Tim Macy

Chairman of the Board

Gun Owners of America


C. Preston Noell III

President

Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.


Martha Boneta Fain

President

VAF


Michael J. Petersen

State Representative

Utah House of Representatives


Kristen A. Ullman

President

Eagle Forum


Kay R. Daly

President

Coalition for a Fair Judiciary


Mark Fitzgibbons

President of Corporate Affairs

American Target Advertising


Kevin Freeman

Founder

NSIC Institute


Nancy Schulze

Founder, CEO

RCW Speakers


Penna Dexter

Co-host

Point of View Radio


Richard Manning

President

Americans for Limited Government


The Honorable Peter J. Thomas

Chairman

The Conservative Caucus


James Edwards

Executive Director

Conservatives for Property Rights


Darrell A Henry

Executive Director

Western Caucus Foundation


Chris Wright

Executive Committee Member

Potomac Tea Party


The Honorable Cheryl K. Acton

Representative

Utah House of Representatives


Kent Glesener

President, Paradigm Construction & Engineering, Inc.


Alan Gardner

Chairman

American Lands Council


The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell

Chairman, Conservative Action Project

Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.


Myron Ebell

Director, Center for Energy and Environment

Competitive Enterprise Institute


The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell

President

The Leadership Institute


The Honorable Jim DeMint

Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute

Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)


The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.

Chief Domestic Advisor

President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)


The Honorable Paul S. Teller, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Advancing American Freedom


Alfred S. Regnery

President

Republic Book Publishers


The Honorable Matt Schlapp

Chairman

CPAC


The Honorable David McIntosh

President

Club for Growth


L. Brent Bozell III

Founder and President

Media Research Center


Jenny Beth Martin

Chairman

Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund


Noah Wall

Executive Vice President

FreedomWorks


William L. Walton

The Bill Walton Show

Resolute Protector Foundation


David Bozell

President

ForAmerica


Wesley Denton

Chief Operating Officer

Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)


Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.

Executive Chairman

Center for Security Policy


The Honorable Ken Cuccinelli

Former AG of Virginia & Asst. Deputy Sec., Dept. of Homeland Security

Center for Renewing America


The Honorable Scott Walker

President

Young America's Foundation


The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel

U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)

U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)


Guillermo J. Aragon

Chief Strategy Officer

Martin Capital


Lourdes Cosio

Campaign for the American Future

Shawn A. Mitchell

Former National Chaplain, National Federation of Republican Assemblies


Anne Schlafly Cori

Chairman

Eagle Forum


Dr. Virginia Armstrong

Natl Director, Law & Worldview Program

Eagle Forum


The Honorable Peter Hoekstra

Member of Congress 1993-2011

Ambassador (Ret)


Richard D. Hayes

Partner

Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP


Mario Navarro da Costa

Director, Washington Bureau

Tradition, Family, Property


Thomas Pyle

President

American Energy Alliance


G. Eric Georgatos

Executive Producer

America Can We Talk?


Paul Gessing

President

Rio Grande Foundation


Don L. (Bebo) Lee

President

New Mexico Federal Lands Council


Dr. Paige Patterson

President

Sandy Creek Foundation

The Honorable Gail Griffin

Representative

Arizona


Dr. E. Calvin Beisner

President, Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation


Elaine Donnelly

President

Center for Military Readiness


Sean Noble

President

American Encore


Michelle Easton

President, Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women


Don Woodsmall

President (Interim)

Center for Security Policy


Ashley Baker

Director of Public Policy

Committee for Justice


Seton Motley

President

Less Government


Carl Albrecht

State Legislator


Melvin Adams

President

Noah Webster Educational foundation


Andresen Blom

President

Hawaiian Values


Richard Rounsavelle

Trustee

MRC


Sal Russo

Co-Founder and Chief Strategist

Tea Party Express


The Honorable Diana Denman

Presidential Appointee

President Ronald Reagan


Eaton Hopkins

President

Liberty Surgical, Inc.


Ralph A. Rebandt II

Candidate

Ralph Rebandt for Governor


Dr. Jerome Robert Corsi

Founder and CEO

DrJeromeCorsi.com


The Honorable Terrence Scanlon

Retired Chairman and President

Capital Research Center


Willes K. Lee

Vice President

National Rifle Association of America


Allen J. Hebert

Chairman

American-Chinese Fellowship


Floyd Brown

Founder

The Western Journal


Greg Walcher

Former Executive Director

Colorado Dept. of Natural Resources


  • Joe Biden administration

  • federal lands

  • 30x30 order

  • Rep. Lauren Boebert

  • Endangered Species Act of 1973

  • Executive Order 14008

  • Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad

  • Secretary of the Interior

  • Oil and gas exploration

  • Bureau of Land Management

  • property rights

  • land regulation

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