Report: The 10-year plan for conserving and restoring ‘America the Beautiful’

A young student is holding up marine debris from a beach clean up.
Students can make a big impact when it comes to reducing marine debris. This Ocean Guardian is participating in a beach clean up near the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in California. (Nick Zachar)

Today NOAA and federal partners released the Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful report, a roadmap for a decade-long, inclusive, voluntary and locally-led effort to conserve at least 30% of lands and waters by 2030.

These conservation efforts build on five decades of NOAA’s work connecting people to places by conserving and restoring special marine, coastal and Great Lakes areas for the benefit of all Americans. This important work includes:

  • NOAA recently tripled the size of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary to protect 14 reefs and banks that are habitat for recreationally important fishing. 

  • NOAA will soon publish a final rule regarding a proposal to designate a new sanctuary, the Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Michigan. When finalized, the designation will expand public and recreational access to the area’s 36 known shipwreck sites. 

  • NOAA and the State of Connecticut are working together to designate a new National Estuarine Research Reserve, expected in January 2022, which will create a “living classroom” for research and education on Long Island Sound. 

Access the report and learn more about the principles in place for conserving the nation’s land and water.