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Updated 03/2/2016

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


*ATTENTION - DRAFT Solar Regional Mitigation Strategy available for a 45-day public comment period beginning 3/2/16. Please submit comments by to

Landscape Assessment available for public review.

The executive summary for the Cultural Landscape Assessment is available for public review.

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:

Nancy Keohane
Renewable Energy Project Manager

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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

DOI Secretarial order 3330 - Improving Mitigation Policies and Practices of the Department of Interior

Riverside East Monitoring and Adaptive Management

Dry Lake Valley North SRMS

Arizona SRMS

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


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