30×30 Initiative – America the Beautiful

4-Step Call to Action to Assure Jeeping Recreation

By Del Albright

The Biden Administration’s pledge to conserve 30% of America’s land and waterways by 2030 is undoubtedly one of the biggest and strongest environmental actions in recent history that could negatively affect where we Jeep.  Land use advocate Del Albright summarizes what this means and what we need to do with a 4-step call to action to be the eyes and ears.

Known as the America the Beautiful Plan, America the Beautiful, or the 30×30 Plan, this effort (Executive Order N-82-20) will supposedly protect biodiversity, head off some mass extinctions, and help prevent the economic disasters predicted by some scientists associated with climate change. But, as with most media-enhanced programs, this is couched in “climate fix” and global warming.

It’s hard to argue with that wording. It is hard to argue with the goals of conservation, protection, restoration, and saving the earth. But, unfortunately, corporate environmentalism has always found the best emotional language to sell a cause! It’s about saving the world. They have been proven right in a few cases, but in others, it is just a money-building scam!

While we may not want to argue with the wording and goals, we must be at the table where the argument is occurring to have our voices heard. Motorized recreation must be part of the discussions and solutions to changes in the American landscape and public land access.

Environmental groups rave over the purposes and possible long-range changes to our world. Some say it’s nice but not enough. The new catchphrase could be 50% by 2050.

As with all programs and changes in how we might do business in America, funding is critical. Money (funding) comes from Congress. We will have to wait and see how our elected officials react in 2023 to spending money on 30 x 30.

UNITED NATIONS (U.N.) WORLD AGREEMENT ON BIODIVERSITY

In December 2022, at the “Montreal Summit,” nearly 200 nations met and agreed to “halt and reverse the destruction of nature by 2030.” This means we have a strategic vision and a global roadmap for the “conservation, protection, restoration and sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystems for the next decade.” **

While not legally binding, the agreement sets the tone, in this author’s opinion, for the next few decades of outdoor recreation in America.

The U.S. was not part of the U.N. Montreal Summit or agreement due to some political gridlock in D.C. (imagine that?). However, as noted here, the Administration developed its own version of 30 x 30 with many of the same goals/visions.

How did we get here?

CHANGES IN ACCESS TO THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE

If we were to look (briefly) at the evolution of the environmental movement, we know that the 1960s and 1970s started it (for the most part).

1962: Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring, outlining pesticide dangers like DDT.

1964 Legislation: Congress passed the Wilderness Act – written by Howard Zahniser of The Wilderness Society.

1970 Earth Day: had 20 million Americans “protesting” the management of the environment.

The 1980s: The 1980s era ushered in “global cooling” followed by “global warming.” Those slogans soon became “climate change.”

1990s era Agenda 21: founded in sustainable development, the most used word in federal land management documents (in my opinion), “sustainable” still rules the day. Agenda 21 is a 40-Chapter master plan to reorganize national laws to the socialist principles of central control.

The 1990s – 2000: The Wildlands Project asked for 50% of the U.S. to go into “wildlands.” It would create corridors along streams, rivers, and mountain ranges that interconnect the core reserves. Then create buffer zones around land not in core reserves to manage them sustainably.

1992 Rio Earth Summit: United Nations Conference on Environment and Development; a blueprint for international action on the environment with 179 countries, ensuring sustainable development.

The 2000s to the current era: Along came “programs” and slogans like Global Warming, Climate Change, Sustainability, Habitat Connectivity, Sustainable Development, and more.

If you add all these together with 30 x 30, they lead us to the same conclusion – this appears to be radical preservation couched as conservation with a new media face at every turn.

HOW MUCH LAND?

12% of American land is within permanently protected areas today. So, where will the additional 18% come from? Private land? More Wilderness? Closures and gates? And just for clarification, 30% of American land and waters is about 720 million acres.

Scientists say that 17% and 10% of the world’s terrestrial and marine areas are under current protection. **

The 30 x 30 Plan wants to change the wording on what constitutes conserved land.   Further, this Initiative is heavily ironing out tensions that have existed for decades between conservation programs and Native American ancestral land.

Initially, 50 countries committed to 30 x 30. Today, with the Montreal Summit, that number is nearly 200 countries. It is now a rallying cry for global conservation and the movement to counter the “crisis” of biodiversity loss.

BOTTOM LINE

There is so much more to this. Everyone in the motorized recreation world needs to pay attention to the changes in public land use and access. When we hear/read words like “sustainability,” “biodiversity,” or even “conserve,” we now need to take a second look. In the author’s opinion, while some positive conservation may come from this Initiative, the plan is insidiously sneaking up on more restrictions and closures for motorized recreation.

4-STEP CALL TO ACTION

Here is what we need to do.

First Step = Be Involved: Do your part to ensure “they” hear our motorized voice by joining every organized recreation group that makes sense to you, so we have the resources (and numbers) to be a significant voice in 30 x 30.

Second Step = Learn: Take a few minutes and cruise the internet for more info to increase your understanding of the “Biden 30 x 30 Initiative.”

Third Step = Write Letters: When your favorite motorized recreation group fighting to protect your recreational rights asks for letters of support, write them!

Fourth Step = Be the Eyes and Ears: When you see or hear “stuff” that looks like 30 x 30 sneaking up on us, speak up! Get ahold of your group/organization’s landuse/advocate/leader and let them know the details.

If we all do our part and pay attention to any walls closing in on us, then we can ensure our access to public lands for responsible motorized recreation stays solid while being part of the solution to sustainable recreation.

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(Note: Permission to share is granted to motorized recreation-friendly outlets.)

**U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Conference of Parties (COP-15), Montreal Summit. #COP15

Bureau of Land Management holding forums on Piute-Eldorado Valley Area of Critical Environmental Concern

Virtual forums are June 22 and June 24

From the Bureau of Land Management Las Vegas Office

Recognizing the need to balance critical habitat for the threatened desert tortoise with high-quality visitor experience, the Bureau of Land Management Las Vegas Field Office will hold two virtual information forums to involve the public in the early stages of a Draft Management Plan for the Piute-Eldorado Valley Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC).

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Membership update – May 10, 2021

Current Issues:

  • Mild 2 Wild Event – Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we were forced to cancel the 2020 event. We, at this time are optimistic that this pandemic will be under control by the date that our Board of Directors has set: May 2022. Watch for announcements of the event and links to our website for online registration.
  • 5th N4WDA Silver State Poker Run – Just as happened with the Mild 2 Wild event, above, the 5th N4WDA Silver State Poker Run had to be cancelled. The Board of Directors has rescheduled the event to September 11, 2021. We will return to the Mark Twain Community Center in Dayton as the hub for the event. As above, watch for announcements. To find out more, visit this link

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Logandale Trails

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Rick was able to get a couple days off during the week, so we scheduled an all-day trail run for Thursday. Rick & Mary’s son Ricky was in town for a visit, and he came along. Sandi and I were already in town, having made the trip to Moapa Valley on Wednesday. After our 8:00 AM meeting, we headed to the northernmost trail head and aired down. I had a labyrinth of a plan that would enable us to experience most of the main trails without back tracking, but I got lost at the most southeast corner of the trail system causing us to miss several of the segments.

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Trip to Logandale

By Denis & Sandi Inman

On Thursday, Sandi and I have a trail run on the Logandale trail System in Moapa Valley. For those who don’t mind big city traffic, it is only a 2 hour drive from Pahrump, through Las Vegas, to Logandale. We took the alternative route that goes through Shoshone, Baker, Kelso, and Nipton in California. From there, we drove to Searchlight, Cottonwood Cove Marina, back to Searchlight, up the 95 to Highway 165, East to Nelson and then on to the Colorado River.

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Last Chance Range

By Denis & Sandi Inman

We had a pretty good turnout of Jeeps despite the short notice for the run. Jeremy was riding with Brian, Jim was with us, and Mike & Patti were our tail gunner. From the 7:00 AM meeting at the Horizon Market, we drove North to Last Chance Canyon and began our tour of the valley surrounded by the Last Chance Range.

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Nopah Range

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Due to a conglomeration of technical and logistical complexities (writing the wrong starting time on my calendar) I missed last Wednesdays scheduled trail run. On Monday however, I only had to complete our weekly trip to the market, that doesn’t open until 6:00 AM, get our purchases home, switch from the grocery getter Patriot to the Wrangler and make it to Terrible’s Lakeside before 7:00. Mission accomplished. Is it possible that I only have a mild case of Alzheimer’s?

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Crystal Spring & Wood Canyon Hangover Run

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Andy and Ann had some family over and they wanted to go for a short, easy trail ride. I suggested Crystal Spring & Wood Canyon and they didn’t even have to coerce me to lead the way. Matt, AJ and Becca were staying with Andy and Ann, so we met there at 8:00 AM. After some coffee and chit-chat, we headed up Highway 160 towards Johnnie, turned East at Road 928500 (the road needs a better name), then took the Crystal Spring Road fork.

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Echo Canyon/Big Dune

By Denis & Sandi Inman

We were to meet at Zabriskie Point to air down at 8:00 AM and everyone was prompt, except me. On Wednesday morning, to save a little time, I decided to use my shop compressor over my trail unit to air up from our snow day on Monday. That resulted in quite a struggle with my frozen supply hose. While I eventually won the battle, it took longer than I anticipated, so Jim, Jeremy, Vic and Brian were waiting for me when I got there at 7:58.

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Clark Canyon Snow Run

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Hello?
Wha’ da’ ya’ doin’?
Nothin’, wha’ da’ you doin’?
Nothin’. Hey, ya’ wanna’ go up to the Spring Mountains and play in the snow?
Sure!

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Gold Valley and Furnace Creek Wash

By Denis & Sandi Inman

After completing the weekly shopping and putting our groceries away, I swapped vehicles and headed out to Charles Brown Market in Shoshone to meet the others. Everyone was there promptly at 8:00 AM so we could proceed to Dead Man Pass. Once we had crossed the summit and made our way to Furnace Creek Wash Road, we turned North for half a mile then West again on Gold Valley Road.

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Shadow Mountains

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Not having been to the Shadow Mountains for almost a year, it was time to take a quick run out there to investigate the trail conditions. I checked out a number of dead end roads that I had never been on before and even found some trails that just petered out to nothing, but the terrain was such that I could drive cross country to connect to another equally vague route. After several hours of off-roading, I had a flat. The tire went down quickly, but I was able to patch it and air it up. Since the puncture was in the sidewall, I’ll be getting a new tire tomorrow.

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Trail, Hanaupah & Johnson Canyons

By Denis & Sandi Inman

October and November are some of the best months to visit Death Valley National Park. After our trip through some of the trails in the park and on the West side of the Panamint range last week, we decided it would be a good time to check out several of the trails on the East side of the Panamints. With the Sun coming up an hour earlier due to the time change, Jeremy and I met in the Zabriskie Point parking lot at 6 AM to air down.

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Quarry Road to Aguereberry Point

By Denis & Sandi Inman

Tuesday evening, the expedition leader neglected to get a consensus on our departure time so we didn’t leave Ridgecrest until almost 6:30. We don’t know where the winds blew the California Wildfire Smoke, but we enjoyed almost entirely clear blue skies for the last couple of days. For our first trail on Wednesday, we drove up Quarry Road out of Trona to see if we could possibly find the trail across Manley Pass. It was a nice ride with awesome panoramas from the top, but it became clear that the trail we were looking for was in “wilderness” so closed off to motorized vehicles.

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