On May 6, 2021, the U.S. Departments of the Interior, Agriculture and Commerce, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality released a preliminary report on Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful (Report). The Report recommends a decade-long national initiative to advance locally led conservation and restoration in public, private, and Tribal lands and waters toward addressing three threats: disappearance of nature, climate change, and inequitable access to the outdoors.
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.
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.” Check back soon for the upcoming meeting schedule.
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.