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San Luis Valley/Taos Plateau Study:
Landscape Assessment and Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy

Image of Blanca Wetlands. Photo by Jeff Brown Photo of Solar development in the San Luis Valley. Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory Photo of Rio Grande Natural Area by Kyle Sullivan/BLM


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

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For more information or to submit a comment, please contact:

Joe Vieira
Renewable Energy Project Manager
719-852-6213

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.


 Links of Interest

BLM Solar Energy Program - Western Solar Plan

BLM Regional Mitigation Policy

BLM Rapid Ecoregional Assessments

San Luis Valley Field Office Resource Management Plan

Taos Field Office Resource Management Plan


Map of Study Area 
Map of San Luis Valley/Taos Plateau Study Area. Click for larger view


PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Public workshops and field trips schedule for September 2014:

Monday, September 8: De Tilla Gulch SEZ

  • Saguache County Road and Bridge Bldg, 305 3rd St., Saguache, CO 81149
    3 PM: assemble for field visit; 4 – 6:30 PM: local workshop

Tuesday, September 9, Antonito Southeast SEZ*

  • Parish Hall, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 6631 CR 13, Conejos, CO 81129
    9 AM: assemble for field visit; 4 – 6:30 PM: local workshop

Wednesday, September 10: All-Day Landscape Assessment/Solar Regional Mitigation Workshop for Three Colorado Solar Energy Zones.  

  • Adams State University (Student Union Rm 309), First St and Monterey Ave, Alamosa, CO 81102
    8:30 AM
    : Registration

Thursday, September 11, Los Mogotes East SEZ*

  • Romeo Town Hall, 149 2nd Avenue, Romeo, CO 81148
    9 AM: assemble for field visit; 4 – 6:30 PM: local workshop
If you are planning to attend any of these field visits or workshops please email your RSVP to solarmitigation@blm.gov. Please specify which events you plan to attend.

*PLEASE FILL OUT THE VOLUNTEER FORM AND EMAIL (SolarMitigation@blm.gov) BACK WITH YOUR RSVP IF YOU WOULD LIKE GOVERNMENT VEHICLE TRANSPORTATION TO A SOLAR ENERGY ZONE.


NEWS RELEASES


Los Mogotes East SEZ
Los Mogotes SEZ - photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory

De Tilla Gulch SEZ
De Tilla Gulch SEZ - photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory

Antonito Southeast SEZ
Antonito Southeast SEZ - photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory

Photos Courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory