Thursday, July 11, 2024

‘America the Beautiful’ Initiative is Now Open to Public Comments


The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced that public comments on the “America the Beautiful” initiative are now open.

From now through December 28th, 2021, the public will be able to contribute commentary and ideas on how to move forward with the “America the Beautiful” initiative, including conserving a minimum of 30% of US lands and waters by 2030.

Before opening up the initiative to public comment, NOAA held five roundtables with stakeholders, including the US fishing community, and two national roundtables that were open to the public where a method to participate in the process was requested.

Commenting on the move NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad stated:

“NOAA is taking the President’s inclusive, voluntary and locally led conservation goals to the next level. For five decades, NOAA has connected people to places by conserving and restoring special marine, coastal, and Great Lakes areas for the benefit of all Americans. Our experience, in support of this Administration’s efforts, will leave a lasting legacy for the next generation.”

You can find out more about the “America the Beautiful” Initiative here and instructions on how to submit your comments here.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for