Governor Ricketts visits York to talk 30×30 plan

Governor Ricketts has been traveling around rural Nebraska to talk directly with farmers and ranchers about the Biden Administrations 30x30 plan.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) –Governor Ricketts has been traveling around rural Nebraska to talk directly with farmers and ranchers about the Biden Administrations 30×30 plan. He says more transparency is needed.

“The Biden administration, has really given us no details for how they can do this. They don’t have any constitutional authority to do it. So, we’re asking those questions,” Gov. Ricketts said while in York on Wednesday.

Thirty percent of the United States conserved by 2030. That’s the Biden administrations goal when it comes to the 30 x 30 plan.

The plan is on a voluntary basis but Gov. Ricketts has described it as a land grab since he says it would take the size of nine Nebraska’s to fulfill that 30 percent.

“How do you do that without major change to be able to take away the private property rights of people. That’s why I say it’s a land grab. So, either they’re gonna fail and not reach their 30% goal, or they’re not telling us how they’re going to get there,” Ricketts said.

While he says he is utilizing town halls for education and to talk directly with farmers, others see the town halls as misleading.

“Governor Ricketts is on a tour of lies. He’s out telling Nebraskans that the 30 x 30 program is a land grab when in fact it is a voluntary program. Very similar to what ducks unlimited and other state and federal programs do right now with farmers and ranchers in order to put conservation easements so we can protect the land and water for future generations,” Jane Kleeb, the chair of Nebraska Democratic Party, said.

Kleeb and Ricketts agreed that Nebraska is an AG state and needs to continue to be utilized as one.

“We want to make sure that land can continue to be farm and ranch on we want to make sure that the aquifer is protected. We want to make sure that land that in the 30×30 program is a 30 or 20 year easement rather than a lifetime easement,” Kleeb said.

On top of these town hall meetings, Governor Ricketts will be signing an executive order on Thursday, aimed at pushing back against the plan.

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