Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

California

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (#DRECP) is an innovative landscape-level plan that streamlines renewable energy development while conserving unique and valuable desert ecosystems and provides outdoor recreation opportunities. www.DRECP.org

The DRECP ensures future renewable energy development is sited in appropriate areas, while protecting important values in the California desert. Photo above and on following page by Tom Brewster Photography.

The California desert is a tremendous renewable energy resource with some of the best wind, solar and geothermal resources on the planet. Photo by Tom Brewster Photography.

Video by Chad Douglas, BLM.

Phase I of the plan guides land management across 10.8 million acres of public land managed by the BLM in the California desert. Learn more in ESRI story map. Photo by Tom Brewster Photography.

The DRECP promotes development of renewable energy on public lands, with potential to generate up to 27,000 megawatts. Photo by Tom Brewster Photography.

The Plan helps California meet its goal of 50% renewable energy by 2030. Photo by Tom Brewster Photography.

California is leading the way in addressing climate change and the DRECP is a key component of the state’s overall strategy that includes energy efficiency, roof top solar, distributed generation, energy storage and other advanced technologies. Photo by Tom Brewster Photography.

The DRECP conserves incredibly beautiful and important desert landscapes. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.

The Plan identifies conservation areas for plant and wildlife species, and provides a framework for adaptive management in the face of climate change. Photo by Lara Kobelt, BLM.

The DRECP continues the conservation legacy recognized by Congress in 1976 when establishing the California Desert Conservation Area. Photo by Don Preisler, U.C. School of Veterinary Medicine.

The Plan protects 50 sensitive animal and plant species and 37 unique habitats. Photo by Dana Wilson, BLM.

Most lands identified for recreation are not available for renewable energy development. Photo by Lara Kobelt, BLM.

Video by Chad Douglas, BLM.

Approximately 3.5 million acres of public land are designated for recreation.

The Record of Decision was based on years of collaborative work and feedback received by local, state, and federal agencies, stakeholder groups and the general public. • The Record of Decision completes Phase I of the DRECP. • The decision amends 3 regional BLM plans including the California Desert Conservation Plan.

Phase II will focus on working closely with counties within the planning area to better align local, state and federal renewable energy development and conservation plans. The county planning efforts are critical component of this process.

Learn more about the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan at www.DRECP.org #DRECP #Conservation #RenewableEnergy #Recreation #PoweredByPublicLands #CelebratingYourPublicLands

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