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  • Writer's pictureJerad Cotten

The 30x30 Land Grab: Is it Really about Balancing Conservation and Property Rights??

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Farming and Ranching in Colorado

When the Federal Government tells a Farmer or Rancher they are here to help you should raise and eyebrow.

In recent years, the concept of the "30x30" initiative has gained significant attention in discussions surrounding environmental conservation and land use. Proposed as a means to address the global biodiversity crisis and combat climate change, the 30x30 initiative aims to conserve 30% of the planet's lands and oceans by the year 2030. While this goal carries noble intentions, it has sparked concerns about the potential implications for property owners and the use of government funding on private land. In this blog post, we'll delve into the facts surrounding the 30x30 initiative, examine the concerns associated with using government funding on private property, and explore the delicate balance between conservation efforts and property rights.

Understanding the 30x30 Initiative

The 30x30 initiative, often referred to as the "30x30 Challenge" or "30x30 Campaign," emerged as a response to the escalating threats posed by climate change, habitat loss, and declining biodiversity. The main goal is to safeguard 30% of the world's land and oceans by 2030 through a combination of protected areas, restoration projects, and sustainable land management practices.

Key Facts:

1. The 30x30 initiative is endorsed by multiple countries and organizations, including the United Nations and the European Union.

2. It claims to build upon existing conservation efforts and target areas of ecological significance, aiming to preserve essential habitats and promote biodiversity.

3. The initiative encourages collaboration between governments, Indigenous communities, private landowners, and conservation organizations.

Concerns of Using Government Funding on Private Property

While claiming that the 30x30 initiative holds great promise for global conservation efforts, the prospect of using government funding on private property has raised legitimate concerns among property owners. Here are some of the key concerns:

1. Property Rights: Property owners worry that government involvement in their land could infringe upon their property rights. This concern is particularly pertinent in countries where private property rights are highly valued and protected. Right now the collectivists do not want landowners to control their own land. They are working toward secular control of all of our farming and ranching in the name of climate concern and conservation.

2. Land Use Restrictions: Participation in the 30x30 initiative may involve landowners agreeing to certain land use restrictions or conservation easements, limiting their ability to develop or utilize their property in certain ways. What happens when the Government buys the Conservation Easements? Then what happens when they change the land use code on that land to where the current land use is now shut down? Then they offer to buy the land at a discounted rate because nothing can be done with the land? They cannot hold an easement against themselves. So they now have full control of that land. There are a lot of questions that are not being answered.

3. Financial Implications: While government funding could provide financial incentives for landowners to participate, there is uncertainty about the long-term financial implications and potential limitations on property value appreciation.

4. Bureaucracy and Regulation: The involvement of government agencies can introduce bureaucratic processes and regulatory requirements that some landowners may find burdensome or restrictive.

Conclusion about the 30x30 Campaign

The 30x30 initiative represents a significant step toward addressing what the current administration feels is a vital for the environment, but it raises valid concerns about property rights and government funding on private land. Striking a balance between conservation goals and individual property rights is what the Biden administration is hoping will happen. They want voluntary participation, and claim transparent negotiations, with fair compensation, and flexible land management approaches, it is NOT possible to navigate the complexities of the 30x30 initiative while respecting the rights and interests of landowners. Farmers and Ranchers are the life blood of this country and the amount of carbon that famer emit is far less than what goes up out of our big cities everyday. There is a clear land grab mentality and total control of the pulse of the country and that is our food production in the USA. In closing I encourage you to join the American Stewards website for more information about the 30x30 Campaign. Learn what the government doesn't want you to know about the 30x30 Campaign.

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