China Mountain Wind

Proposed China Mountain project site
BLM
A 170-turbine wind farm in Idaho could affect wildlands that provide pristine habitat for endangered sage-grouse birds.

The China Mountain Wind company is proposing a wind energy project in south-central Idaho. The project would impact more than 25,000 acres of lands managed by Bureau of Land Management, as well as other state and private lands.

Renewable energy is important for our future — and we can have a clean energy future without sacrificing wildlife.

The lands the project would impact are home to some of the best remaining western habitat for the ground-dwelling sage-grouse bird. The western sage-grouse population is under threat from over-development across several states. 

Renewable energy is important for our future — and we can have a clean energy future without sacrificing wildlife.

Reducing potential impacts on sage-grouse habitat

In the spring of 2012, the Bureau of Land Management deferred a decision on the China Mountain Wind Project until work is finished on a plan for sage-grouse conservation across the west. This plan will prevent the sage-grouse from being listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

At Wilderness, our recommendation is that two things occur before the China Mountain Wind Project is permitted:

  • The Bureau of Land Management completes its ongoing land management plan
  • A multi-state conservation plan is finalized to protect the endangered sage-grouse.

At Wilderness, we support the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to postpone permitting for the China Mountain Wind Project until a more comprehensive conservation plan is developed.

Helpful links

  • Bureau of Land Management Idaho Office:

http://www.blm.gov/id/st/en.html

  • Bureau of Land Management Sage Grouse Initiative:

http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sage_grouse_home2.html