The San Luis Valley/Taos Plateau Study is intended to help BLM ensure environmentally responsible solar energy development on public lands through long-term planning.
The Landscape Assessment will apply BLM Rapid Ecoregional Assessment protocol and use existing data on the ecological values, trends and conditions in the geographic area covering Colorado’s San Luis Valley and New Mexico’s Taos Plateau (~6,115,000 acres). The assessment is designed to increase knowledge of the potential impacts and cumulative effects of change (i.e. human development, climate change, invasive species) on important ecological, cultural and socioeconomic values.
The Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy is designed to improve the mitigation process, account for potential impacts in the landscape context and facilitate solar energy development in Solar Energy Zones. The strategy will use the information, maps and tools provided by the Landscape Assessment.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Landscape Assessment Project Documents
Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy Project Documents
For more information or to submit a comment, please contact:
Renewable Energy Project Manager
To sign up to be on our communication list, please send an email to SolarMitigation@blm.gov
BLM also welcomes federal, state, county partner and interested public recommendations and or references regarding baseline studies, reports or data to inform BLM Landscape Assessment and Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy.