In the face of accelerating climate and biodiversity crises, state and territorial lawmakers, agencies, and governors across the country are stepping up action to conserve remaining natural areas and ensure that access to nature’s benefits can be shared by all. These conservation efforts vary, with policy approaches tailored to match the needs of different geographies and constituencies, but they also share a common throughline: They reflect a deeply shared interest in stewarding the rich woods, waters, deserts, grasslands, and local green spaces that have so much to offer current and future generations.

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