Biden Releases Plan to Protect US Land and Water
President Joe Biden has released a plan that aims to conserve nearly one-third of America's land and water by 2030.
The plan, announced last week, calls for supporting local conservation projects across the country in an effort to safeguard public, private, and tribal areas.
The plan is described in a report called "America the Beautiful." It says the proposal aims to make conservation and restoration of land and water a top goal of the Biden administration.
The plan would clean drinking water, increase green space, and improve access to outdoor enjoyment, the report says. It also aims to restore healthy fisheries and reduce the risk of wildfires.
The report says the efforts will produce thousands of new jobs while seeking new solutions to climate change and environmental justice. The plan calls for increased efforts to improve access to the outdoors by disadvantaged communities.
President Biden has set a goal of conserving at least 30 percent of U.S. land and water by 2030. The report says that if successful, the plan will help slow climate change and protect some of the country's most beautiful land for future generations.
The Center for American Progress is a private research organization that presents progressive ideas. It says that currently about 12 percent of the country's land and 25 percent of its water are protected.
The protected areas are not just parks. They include wilderness areas, refuges, agricultural land, forests and other areas covered under conservation agreements.
The plan suggests a series of actions. They include an expanded federal aid program to create local parks, support tribal conservation aims, expand wildlife areas and increase access to outdoor exercise. The proposal also calls for creating a program to organize civilians to work on conservation and restoration projects across the nation.
The plan follows through on one of Biden's main campaign promises. It also builds on the Great American Outdoors Act. The act was a 2020 law that approved nearly $3 billion for conservation and outdoor projects.
Biden's plan depends heavily on voluntary conservation efforts by farmers, forest owners and fishing communities. The administration did not provide a cost estimate for the proposal. However, officials said much of the spending could be covered by department budgets, the 2020 outdoors law, the 2018 farm bill and Biden's recently proposed $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan.
The report says the plan should be seen as "a call to action to support locally led conservation and restoration efforts of all kinds and all over America."
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名为“美丽的美国”的报告介绍了这项计划 。报告表示，这项提议旨在将保护和恢复土地和水资源作为拜登政府的首要目标 。
报告指出，该计划将清洁饮用水，增加绿色空间，改善户外享受 。这项计划还旨在恢复健康的渔业和减少野火的风险 。
报告表示，这些努力将创造数千个新增就业机会，同时寻求气候变化和环境正义的新解决方案 。该计划呼吁加大努力，改善处境不利社区的户外活动 。
拜登总统制定了一个目标，即到2030年至少保护30%的美国土地和水资源 。报告称，如果成功，该计划将有助于减缓气候变化，并为子孙后代保护美国一些最美丽的土地 。
美国进步中心是提出进步思想的私人研究机构 。该机构表示，目前美国约12%的土地和25%的水资源受到保护 。
保护区不仅限于公园 。还包括荒野地区、庇护所、农田、森林和保护协定所涵盖的其他地区 。
该计划建议采取一系列行动 。其中包括扩大联邦援助计划，修建地方公园，支持部落保护目标，扩大野生动物区和增加户外运动的机会 。该提案还呼吁制定计划，组织全美各地的平民参与保护和恢复项目 。
这项计划兑现了拜登的一项主要竞选承诺 。而且该计划构建在《伟大美国户外法案》的基础上 。该法案于2020年实施，批准近30亿美元用于保护区和户外项目 。
拜登的计划在很大程度上依赖于农民、林场主和渔民社群的自愿保护努力 。政府并未提供该提案的成本估算 。不过，官员表示，大部分支出可以由部门预算、2020年户外运动法、2018年农业法案以及拜登最近提出的2.3万亿美元基础设施计划来支付 。