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Diving Deep on a Desert Compromise

In collaboration with The Wilderness Society and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), CalWild submitted comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) outlining our collective opposition to the re-opening of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). Click here to read the full comments if you’d like to dig deeper.

For others, here are the highlights:

  • There is no justification for recently adopted DRECP to be re-opened. The Plan should be allowed to work and be amended as needed within the framework already agreed upon.
  • The conservation and renewable energy gains resulting from the eight year process in reaching the DRECP show the importance of preserving the plan.
  • If the BLM proceeds with changes to the DRECP, there must be extensive opportunities for public participation and BLM must comply with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act by preparing an environmental impact statement.