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Secretary Crowfoot Blog: Accelerating Environmental Restoration

People are reading a large poster about a restoration project. Published: January 13, 2020

Californians cherish our natural environment. Our lands and waters inspire us, provide for our recreation, and sustain one of the richest varieties of plants and animals on earth. But we face major challenges, including climate change, biodiversity loss and inequity that demand we move faster to conserve our natural environment.


More Than Twice the Size of Texas 

Bull kelp forest. Photo: Patrick Webster // @underwaterpat

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New York Times: To slow extinctions and climate change, President-elect Joe Biden has embraced a plan to conserve 30 percent of U.S. land and 30 percent of its ocean waters by 2030. It is perhaps the most ambitious commitment to conservation by a U.S. president. How he proceeds will determine whether he unites or further divides Americans in a pivotal decade for the planet.


Governor Newsom Launches Innovative Strategies to Use California Land to Fight Climate Change, Conserve Biodiversity and Boost Climate Resilience 

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SACRAMENTO – Harnessing the innovative spirit of California, Governor Gavin Newsom today advanced an executive order enlisting California’s vast network of natural and working lands – forests, rangelands, farms, wetlands, coast, deserts and urban greenspaces – in the fight against climate change. A core pillar of Governor Newsom’s climate agenda, these novel approaches will help clean the air and water for communities throughout the state and support California’s unique biodiversity.