President Biden has challenged Americans to join together in an inclusive and locally led effort to conserve at least 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030.

The Initiative

On May 6, 2021, the U.S. Departments of the Interior, Agriculture and Commerce, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality released a report on Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful. The report calls for a decade-long effort to advance locally led and voluntary conservation and restoration in public, private, and tribal lands and waters. 

These efforts will build on NOAA’s five decades of conserving and connecting people to ecosystems, species, and special places in our nation’s marine and Great Lakes environments. Guided by the eight core principles in the report, NOAA is now seeking input from stakeholders on how NOAA should, using existing legal authorities, conserve and restore America’s ocean, coasts and Great Lakes.  NOAA will reach out and work with all stakeholders, including regional fishery management councils and sanctuary advisory committees, to identify areas or networks of areas where their fisheries management or resource management efforts would support long-term conservation goals.

Meeting Schedule

NOAA would like to hear from the public at large and all interested stakeholders.  NOAA will be hosting opportunities for the public to learn about, and provide input on,  “America the Beautiful.”  Below are meeting details for two upcoming listening sessions. 

Thursday, August 26: Stakeholder Listening Session

  • Time: 3:00-5:00 PM ET
  • Dial in: 888-323-9726, Passcode: 890-4233
  • Webinar: Join Here offsite link on the day of the meeting (Conference number: PWXW2317057, Audience passcode: 8904233)

Monday, September 13: Stakeholder Listening Session

  • Time: 3:00-5:00 PM ET
  • Dial in: 800-857-5743, Passcode: 727-5932
  • Webinar: Join Here offsite link on the day of the meeting (Conference number: PWXW2317058, Audience passcode: 7275932)

Please note: These calls will be recorded. Webinars are view only—all participants must dial in to the phone number for audio. If you have any issues accessing the WebEx platform, you can view the slides here.

Progress Updates

NOAA and its federal partners will issue annual updates on this campaign. These progress reports will include updates on areas of collaboration, land-cover changes, and the condition of fish and wildlife habitats and populations. The first report will be released by the end of 2021 and will include a synthesis of public comment and an overview of NOAA’s strategy for addressing the focus areas as defined in the preliminary report.