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Gov. Ricketts: 30 x 30 is potential ‘land grab’

Gov. Pete Ricketts
In a July 21 prestentation at Albion, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts advised Nebraska landowners to be on guard against potential new federal restrictions on their land.
He said the 30 x 30 plan, announced by President Joe Biden in a January executive order, has the potential to limit private property rights, even though the Biden-Harris Administration has stated this program will rely on voluntary programs to achieve its goal, which is to conserve at least 30 percent of all U.S. lands and waters by 2030.
Very little information was contained in the initial executive order, except a notation that only 12 percent of lands are currently “protected,” said Gov. Ricketts.
“Where is the need?,” asked Ricketts. “Traditional (conservation) programs have worked well.”
The governor contends the 30 x 30 plan was introduced by “radical environmentalists” several years ago.
Cherry County Commissioner Tanya Stover
Participating in the program as a county official was Tanya Stover of Whitman, a member of the Cherry County Board of Commissioners. She spoke of the importance of county of commissioners reviewing all permanent easements. They have the power to approve or deny them in Nebraska.
See the full story in the July 28 Albion News/Boone County Tribune, print and e-editions.