Romney Urges Biden to Bring Utah to the Table on Lands and Waters Issues

Requests clarification on 30x30 initiative to put restrictions on 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030

WASHINGTON– U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) joined his Senate and House colleagues from Western states, led by Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), in requesting further clarification regarding President Biden’s Executive Order establishing a mandate to put restrictions on 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030, and urged the administration to include state and local governments, tribes, and stakeholders in future negotiations and decisions regarding Utah’s lands and waters.

“Conservation remains a top priority for Western congressional members, and our constituents’ lives and livelihoods rely upon a healthy, actively-managed landscape,” the senators wrote. “However, the 30 by 30 initiative displays a dangerous thoughtlessness and far too many of our questions have been left unanswered. It is also our understanding that key constituencies have yet to be engaged on this initiative. As such, we respectfully urge you to provide state and local governments, the energy, minerals, and agriculture sectors, tribes, sportsmen, and recreationists an equitable and meaningful voice in the process. We also request a detailed briefing with the signers of this letter within 60 days of the Executive Order being signed.”

The full text of the letter is available here.