The first effort Udall desires is motion on what he calls “30-30” laws, a so-far-unsuccessful effort that he and Haaland have sponsored to require the U.S. to defend 30% of all publicly owned lands and waters by 2030.
That would come with these on the Outer Continental Shelf off the coasts.
It would contain restoring degraded federal lands in addition to preserving extra pristine lands, Udall mentioned.
“It does two things. The healthier you get the soil, forests and ecosystems, the more they are a carbon sink, helping us fight the climate crisis,” Udall mentioned.
“Second, we have a major extinction crisis, serious, serious problems; ‘30 by 30’ is protecting their habitat; returning us to the place where we’re part of the natural world, not just in an extractive situation,” he mentioned.
But whereas grazing is one federal land use that might be affected by a 30-30 rule, a longtime Arizona cattle growers chief took concern with that.
“First of all I think that it’s safe to say that public-lands grazing is a part of our landscape. It should be part of any type of discussion, no matter who the secretary is, or where they want to go,” mentioned Patrick Bray, govt vice chairman of the Arizona Farm and Ranch Group, which represents farmers and ranchers. “It’s an important part of our economy and our culture. Maybe it needs to be preserved.”