Framework for a Uniquely New Mexico 30 x 30
Redefining Conservation for the Land of Enchantment
In August 2021 Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Executive Order 2021-052, Protecting New Mexico’s Lands, Watersheds, Wildlife, and Natural Heritage. The order begins by identifying the multiple values provided by conserved lands and waters:
“New Mexicans rely on the State’s lands and watersheds to support our economy, sustain traditional ways of life, provide our drinking water, ensure food security, preserve biodiversity, and provide recreation opportunities that promote the health and wellbeing of all who call New Mexico home.”
These values guide the work of the 30 by 30 Advisory Committee (“Committee”), comprised of seven state agencies and the State Land Office. Agencies are directed to individually review and utilize existing programs, funding, and authorities to reach the ambitious conservation targets of conserving at least 30 percent of all lands in New Mexico by 2030, with an additional 20 percent of lands designated as climate stabilization areas. Developing clear definitions for these terms, inclusive of the values outlined in the Order, will be an essential part of the Committee’s early work and outreach efforts. Doing so will both influence which lands count toward conservation targets and guide the implementation and coordination of programs contributing toward those targets.
Defining what conservation means for New Mexico is an opportunity to bring together diverse people—ranchers and farmers, sovereign nations, outdoor recreation interests, and conservation organizations—under a common purpose. For each of these groups, collectively and individually, the Committee believes that conservation must be a benefit, not a burden. Redefining conservation also serves a practical purpose, helping to ensure New Mexico’s vision for conservation is accurately represented in the American Conservation and Stewardship Atlas, which is being developed to track conservation progress nationally as part of the America the Beautiful initiative.
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