Wind Energy Development Map: BLM Role/Involvement/Coordination
The BLM has adopted a new approach to meeting emerging challenges in resource management with broad, landscape-scale restoration and conservation work designed to achieve results.
The Secretary of the Interior has established environmentally responsible development of renewable energy as a priority for the Department of the Interior and directed Interior bureaus to work collaboratively with states and other entities to achieve this goal (Secretarial Order No. 3285).
Oregon BLM District offices east of the Cascades have experienced a several-fold increase in the number of applications for Rights-of-Way (ROWs) for possible wind development and other forms of renewable energy in the last five years. The BLM Oregon/Washington State Office has issued formal guidance to field units to maintain consistency with the state's recommendations for constructing wind energy grids in Greater Sage-grouse habitat. The BLM was also a partner in the 2005 Oregon Sage-grouse Conservation Strategy developed in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and other partners. This strategy is currently under update, including the recent identification of Greater Sage-grouse Core Habitat by the ODFW. The BLM Oregon/Washington State Office is also participating in the development of a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and ODFW to promote Greater Sage-grouse conservation.
This map information was coordinated with and will also support the Renewable Energy and Eastern Oregon Landscape Conservation Partnership, co-convened by the Oregon Governor's Office of Natural Resources and the Oregon/Washington BLM. This partnership was established to advance mutual renewable energy and conservation goals, leverage resources, and establish a working relationship for collaboration throughout the state of Oregon. The partnership is addressing issues related to renewable energy development and sagebrush conservation, and setting a course to establish an on-going collaborative approach to address the needs and issues inherent to all stakeholders.
Currently, the partnership is focused on three primary efforts: Identifying opportunities for renewable energy collaboration, follow up to the Fall 2010 Symposium, and the Declaration of Cooperation.