Project Description

DRECP

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

THE ISSUE

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is a Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) that balances renewable energy development with landscape conservation. It designates zones where renewable energy can be developed, and reduces hurdles to development in those areas. It also designates swaths of protected landscape known as the California Desert National Conservation Lands. 

The Plan was jointly developed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the California Energy Commission, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

THE CHALLENGE

It took almost a decade to put together with several rounds of public and stakeholder input, and was finally approved in 2016. However, before it could be implemented, the Trump Administration announced it would reopen the DRECP, throwing the landscape back into uncertainty.

TO DATE: Four years after the DRECP was approved, the desert remains in limbo while Washington drags its feet.

THE GOAL

It’s simple: Our goal is to protect the integrity of the Plan’s conservation measures as approved and ensure Conservation Management Actions are implemented.

As the future of the Plan unfolds, we will work to ensure that

  • Any changes or adjustments do not diminish protections for the fragile ecology of California desert public lands. These protections allow for the streamlined permitting of renewable energy in less sensitive development focus areas, and the balance between conservation and development should be maintained as the Plan is amended in the future.
  • Any changes or adjustments necessary do not hold up the implementation of the plan.
  • Landscape linkage and wildlife corridors retain their integrity across the California desert, even in the development focus areas.

RESOURCES

YOU DIDN’T ASK FOR IT, BUT

Be Heard!

On March 2017, President Trump issued executive order 13783 “Promoting Energy Independence & Economic Growth” which directs the BLM to review the DRECP including “potential burdens on domestic energy production in California” without the State.

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