California’s Bold Conservation Push Is Part of a Hopeful Global Trend

A Nature Conservancy staff member walks through land purchased by conservation groups in the Lower Carpenter Valley near Truckee, Calif., July 25, 2017 (AP photo by Rich Pedroncelli).
A Nature Conservancy staff member walks through land purchased by conservation groups in the Lower Carpenter Valley near Truckee, Calif., July 25, 2017 (AP photo by Rich Pedroncelli).

California’s State Senate is slated to vote this month on a monumental piece of environmental legislation that, if approved and signed into law, would reaffirm the state’s status as a pacesetter in global conservation. AB 3030, which has already cleared the State Assembly, would commit the state to permanently protect 30 percent of its land and coastal waters by 2030. At a time when the Trump administration is rolling back environmental regulations, opening wild public lands to drilling and mining, and abandoning the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Golden State is betting that environmental conservation and economic dynamism are […]

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