But there’s another important component, experts say: private lands. “That rate is five times higher than on federal or state lands,” says Richards. “So private lands are going to be one of the big pieces of the puzzle if you’re going to be successful in meeting those 30×30 goals.”A Big OpportunityWhen it comes to protecting private lands, there’s nowhere to go but up. One way to begin protecting more private land is to ramp up existing programs that help local government agencies or land trusts buy private property outright or provide incentives for conservation easements. “Private land is often closer to communities than federal wilderness, national forests or even state lands,” found a report by the Center for Western Priorities.