Two separate groups of congressional lawmakers sent letters to President BidenJoe BidenThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Split screen: Biden sells stimulus; GOP highlights borderRNC to shadow Biden as he promotes COVID-19 relief billDems’ momentum hits quagmire over infrastructure plansMORE this week regarding the administrations conservation plan, with Democrats calling for local stakeholder input and Republicans expressing concerns it would disproportionately impact western states.

A group of predominantly western Democratic members wrote in a letter Tuesday in support of Bidens executive order creating the 30 by 30 plan, which calls for conservation of 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030.

As you know, collaboration with Tribes, States, local governments, private landowners, and the full range of stakeholders who use and enjoy our lands and waters is critical to ensuring that we can deliver on this bold vision, they wrote. By marshaling the expertise of U.S. agencies and relying on local and indigenous knowledge and wisdom we can meet the scale of the challenges facing our natural systems. Tribal councils, farmers, ranchers, fishermen, conservationists, recreationists, hunters, and local governments will all play critical roles.

Those who signed on to the House letter include House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Committee Vice Chair Jesús “Chuy” García (D-Ill.) and Rep. Joe NeguseJoseph (Joe) NeguseThe threat of domestic violent extremists has been growing, it’s time we combat itHillicon Valley: Democrats push Facebook to ‘take responsibility’ for placement of gun accessory ads | Lawmakers introduce bill allowing Americans to take foreign hackers to court | Malala Yousafzai signs content deal with AppleLawmakers introduce legislation to allow Americans to take foreign hackers to courtMORE (D-Colo.), chair of the Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands.

Senate signers include Sens. Ben Ray LujanBen Ray LujanColorado presses Biden to reverse Trump Space Command moveSenate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenesER doctor chosen to lead Hispanic CaucusMORE (D-N.M.), Cory BookerCory BookerBooker to try to make child tax credit expansion permanent’Bloody Sunday’ to be commemorated for first time without John LewisIt’s in America’s best interest to lead global COVID-19 vaccine distributionMORE (D-N.J.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.).

The letter adds that the plan offers a historic opportunity to affirm tribal sovereignty and self-determination. The conservation plan offers an opportunity to support tribal conservation efforts and improve tribal relations with the federal government, it states. The letter came the day after the Senate confirmation of Interior Secretary Deb HaalandDeb HaalandThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Split screen: Biden sells stimulus; GOP highlights borderProgressives celebrate historic Haaland voteOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate confirms Haaland to lead Interior | House Republicans pitch nuclear, natural gas as ‘cleaner’ energy future | Congress investigating ‘clean coal’ tax credit | SEC to weigh requiring further climate disclosures to investorsMORE, the first Indigenous person to serve as a Cabinet secretary.

In their own letter Monday, Republican members of the Senate Western Caucus and the Congressional Caucus expressed concerns that the goal does not include sufficient detail and concerns about Haalands responses when questioned about it.

They further said the western U.S. will likely be disproportionately affected by the goals due to a combination of its amount of federally owned lands and wide-open and large-scale landscapes.

Land management agencies, the members wrote, are subject to multiple-use mandates, which require lands and waters to remain available for uses supporting local rural economies such as agriculture, timber and energy production. The letter calls these activities not only compatible with conservation ambitions, but an effective means to achieve those goals.

Conservation remains a top priority for Western congressional members, and our constituents lives and livelihoods rely upon a healthy, actively-managed landscape, they wrote. However, the 30 by 30 initiative displays a dangerous thoughtlessness and far too many of our questions have been left unanswered.

The Senate Republican letter was signed by Sens. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesProgressives celebrate historic Haaland voteOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate confirms Haaland to lead Interior | House Republicans pitch nuclear, natural gas as ‘cleaner’ energy future | Congress investigating ‘clean coal’ tax credit | SEC to weigh requiring further climate disclosures to investorsSenate confirms Haaland to lead InteriorMORE (R-Mont.), John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoSenate confirms Haaland to lead InteriorGOP senator responds to Ron Johnson BLM comments: ‘He’s going to speak for himself’Sunday shows preview: Democrats declare victory on COVID-19 stimulus; Vaccination efforts provide hope for summerMORE (R-Wyo.) and James Risch (R-Idaho) and Reps. Dan NewhouseDaniel (Dan) Milton NewhouseRepublicans, please save your partySix ways to visualize a divided AmericaHere are the GOP lawmakers censured by Republicans for impeaching TrumpMORE (R-Wash.), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarJayapal asks for ethics investigation into Boebert, Gosar, BrooksRepublican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPACRep. Gosar denounces ‘white racism’ after controversial appearanceMORE (R-Ariz.) and Darrel Issa (R-Calif.).