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West-wide Mapping Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in the process of evaluating wind energy development potential and resource conflicts for development on public lands across 11 western states, excluding Alaska.  The West-wide Wind Mapping Project is a collaborative effort between the BLM and the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory to generate maps and geospatial data reflecting wind energy resources on the public lands and identify existing land use exclusions and other potential sensitive resources that may affect wind energy development opportunities.

A stakeholder outreach meeting was held in Denver, Colorado on September 16, 2014 to provide an opportunity for input on this effort.

Geospatial data is being gathered for the sensitive resources that will be used to develop a mapping tool in the future.

This information is available for public comment and review.  Written comments can be provided to lfox@anl.gov by Friday, October 3, 2014.

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Table: Preliminary land use exclusions and other sensitive resources related to wind energy development on BLM-administered public lands.

State maps that reflect the currently identified land use exclusions:

  • 11-state map
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming