Letter to the Times: Kansans should support the 30X30 initiative

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Kansans have an opportunity to protect our land and environment for the long term.

The Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful initiative, commonly called 30X30, challenges us to safeguard, connect, and restore 30% of our lands and waters by 2030. This call strengthens our state’s family farms and ranches, our economy, and the well-being of our communities.

Over the past 30 years, the Kansas Land Trust — managed by Kansans, serving Kansans — has worked with landowners to preserve our natural heritage. In Douglas County, the Kansas Land Trust has conserved almost 1,000 acres of woodlands, prairie, and prime farmland. Some of these conserved lands provide public hiking trails.

All of us can benefit from the 30X30 initiative:

• It honors private property rights and voluntary stewardship efforts.
• It helps ensure adequate and safe water for Kansas communities.
• It creates more outdoor recreational opportunities.
• It adds resources to our state through financial incentives, technical assistance, and job creation.

Together, we can build upon our Kansas values of land and water conservation by supporting the 30X30 initiative. Please contact the Kansas Land Trust about ways we can conserve land for future generations.

Jerry Jost
Executive Director, Kansas Land Trust | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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