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Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan 


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Renewable Energy, Conservation Plan for 10 Million Acres of California Desert

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined the Bureau of Land Management and other federal, state and local partners to announce approval of Phase I of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), an innovative, landscape-level renewable energy and conservation planning effort covering 10.8 million acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the California desert.


The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is an innovative, landscape-level renewable energy and conservation planning effort covering more than 22 million acres in the California desert. The plan has two broad sets of goals:

  • Renewable Energy: The plan identifies specific development focus areas with high-quality renewable energy potential and access to transmission in areas where impacts can be managed and mitigated.
  • Desert Conservation: The plan specifies species, ecosystem, and climate adaptation requirements for desert wildlife, as well as the protection of recreation, cultural, and other desert resources.

The DRECP is a collaborative effort between the BLM, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, California Energy Commission, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.


DRECP Phase I

In March of 2015, the BLM and its partner agencies announced a phased approach for completion of the DRECP, beginning with the public lands component of the plan.

As part of Phase I, the BLM released the Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment and Final Environmental Impact Statement on November 10, 2015. The proposed BLM plan covers 10 million acres of BLM-managed lands in the DRECP plan area and serves as a foundation for achieving the overall renewable energy and conservation goals of the DRECP.

The proposed BLM plan, final environmental review, and associated fact sheets and frequently asked questions can be found at http://drecp.org/faqs.

ACEC Notice (BLM News Release)

Notice of Areas of Critical Environmental Concern in the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Prposed Land Use Plan Amendment, California (Federal Register Notice)


News & Events

Secretary Jewell, State of California Announce Landmark Renewable Energy, Conservation Plan for 10 Million Acres of California Desert 
DOI News Release 9/14/2016
Notice of Informational Webinar and Twitter Chat
September 15, 2016

Record of Decision & Land Use Plan

 DRECP Documents on ePlanning

DRECP Phase I

DOI, California Announce DRECP Phase I Final EIS 
News Release 11/10/2015
Phase I Final EIS Executive Summary

Phase I Documents
BLM Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment and Final Environmental Impact Statement

Fact Sheets
Frequently Asked Questions
Notice of Availability of Proposed Plan
Federal Register Notice
DRECP Gateway

 


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