Bay Area hopes for more than 100 new park projects by 2030

By Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, April 19, 2022

“[A new global initiative, also implemented by the federal government and California,] known as 30 by 30, aims to conserve 30 percent of the world’s lands and water by 2030. It’s a bid to not only protect natural areas and biodiversity but to slow the planet’s warming by ensuring enough plants and soil remain to suck up carbon.

“With new sources of state and federal funding becoming available, a coalition of 67 Bay Area nonprofits and public agencies on [April 19] rolled out a $700 million plan for how they’d like the region to contribute to the effort. The document is a wish list of more than 110 projects that supporters say could become reality when the new money is released.

“In the Bay Area, some proposals are geared toward wildlife, such as building highway crossings for mountain lions and other animals around San Jose and Gilroy.

“There are also cultural endeavors, such as developing a network of outdoor community hubs on ancestral Lisjan Ohlone lands in the East Bay.

“In the Bay Area, nearly 30 percent of the land is currently under protection, according to Together Bay Area. But the organization believes that because of the biodiversity here, more conservation is needed.”

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