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New Public Land Plan Gives California Desert Wildlife a Brighter Future

(Kim Delfino, Defenders of Wildlife) September 14,2016 The first phase of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan protects millions of acres of California desert while directing renewable energy projects away from sensitive wildlife habitat. For the iconic desert tortoise, today probably seems the same as yesterday. In the cool of the morning, tortoises emerge from […]

Wilderness Society: Finalization of Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Balances Clean Energy Development and Land Conservation in the California Desert

September 14,2016 The Wilderness Society welcomes the finalization of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). This landmark collaborative effort by stakeholders and state and federal agencies, marks a major step forward in meeting California’s ambitious renewable energy goals and addressing climate change, while also protecting critical wildlife habitat, historic and natural […]

Conservation, Clean Energy and Climate Leadership

(Helen O’Shea and Ralph Cavanagh, NRDC) September 14,2016 Climate change is happening now and the stakes couldn’t be higher. NASA declared July 2016 the hottest month on record globally, and Californians are living the very real impacts of climate change as we enter our fifth year of an historic drought and wildfires burn from Big Sur […]

Sweeping plan to use Mojave for solar, wind development wins OK

(Carolyn Lockhead, San Francisco Chronicle) September 14,2016 WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell gave final approval in Palm Springs on Wednesday for a sweeping renewable energy development plan within nearly 11 million acres of public lands in California’s Mojave Desert, one of the largest intact ecosystems in the continental United States. Jewell described the California desert as […]

Desert development divvied up

(Central Valley Business Times) September 15,2016 Massive solar power farms may be developed on large portions of the California desert under deals announced between the state and federal governments this week. Called the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, the renewable energy and conservation planning effort covers 10.8 million acres of public lands managed by the […]

CAP’s David J. Hayes on the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

(RealEstateRama) September 15,2016 Washington, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — Center for American Progress Senior Fellow David J. Hayes released the following statement today about the U.S. Department of the Interior’s release of the final Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, which will help balance renewable energy development and conservation on approximately 10 million acres of public lands […]

Interior Department signs blueprint for renewable energy development in the California desert

(Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times) September 14,2016 For decades, environmentalists have rhapsodized about the tranquil beauty of California’s deserts while battling fiercely with energy companies, the government and within their own ranks over what if any power production should occur on those sun-baked, wind-blown, geothermally active expanses of land. On Wednesday, U.S. Interior Department officials signed a blueprint that they touted as […]

Deal on Renewable Energy, Conservation in SoCal Desert Finalized

(Suzanne Potter, Public News Service) September 15,2016 Mojave Trails National Preserve is protected under the new Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan finalized Wednesday. PALM DESERT, Calif. — A deal on conservation and renewable energy between the state of California and federal agencies that was eight years in the making is now a reality. U.S. Interior […]

Obama sets aside 10 million acres in California for renewable energy and conservation

(Jenny Rowland, Think Progress) September 15,2016 The plan was well-received by conservation groups, while solar advocates said more land should have been set aside for energy. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell approved Wednesday a plan to set aside 10.8 million acres of public land in the California desert for mostly conservation — with a dash of renewable energy. Nearly a decade in the making, […]

Desert energy, conservation plan announced

(Inland News Today) September 18,2016 PALM DESERT – (INT) – Federal and state officials have completed the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. It seeks to strike a balance for development and conservation on public lands across California’s Desert, mostly in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The Plan has identified the lowest conflict areas for renewable […]