EDF Lauds California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order on Biodiversity, Climate and Working Lands

Statement by Eric Holst, Associate Vice President, Working Lands

October 7, 2020
Ronna Kelly, (510) 834-2563, rkelly@edf.org

(SACRAMENTO, CA – Oct. 7, 2020) California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order today setting a goal to conserve 30% of the state’s land and coastal waters.

“EDF applauds Gov. Newsom’s executive order to conserve 30% of the state’s land and coastal waters by 2030.

The governor’s order is noteworthy for reflecting the interconnected biodiversity, climate, economic and racial equity crises we are facing today. It is heartening that Gov. Newsom recognizes the need to accelerate the pace and scale of environmental restoration and land management efforts to address these crises.

We are pleased to see the governor recognizes the critical role that working lands can play in reducing emissions, supporting regional biodiversity, and building a resilient economy and food system, which serves populations well beyond California’s borders. We also appreciate the governor’s emphasis on expanding equitable access to the outdoors and recreation, which the pandemic has elevated even further in importance to our physical and mental well-being.”

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