Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

The beautiful Silurian Valley in the Mojave desert should be preserved for future generations to explore.
John Dittli
The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) will determine places in the California Desert to protect and where to build clean, renewable energy.

The plan is being prepared by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and other agencies. It will identify lands in the California desert for both clean energy development and conservation for the next 30 years.

The Wilderness Society is working to protect conservation values in the desert and help guide wind and solar energy development to low-conflict areas.

Why protect the California Desert

The California Desert boasts some of the best solar resources in the world along with wind and geothermal resources. But it is also fragile and contains:

  • Scenery: Desert mountain ranges, wildflower-filled valleys and dark night skies
  • Recreation: Hiking, climbing and bird-watching
  • History: Ancient rock art and old mining history
  • Wildlife: Unique and endangered birds, animals and plants, such as golden eagles, desert tortoises and Joshua trees
  • Wilderness: Hundreds of thousands of acres that are truly wild

View Desert Treasure: 12 California gems worth protecting

What we are doing

Wind and solar energy development is appropriate in some places. It should be avoided in our most special places though.

To find the right places for wind and solar energy and the areas to safeguard from development, we’re working with local, state and federal agencies, communities and citizens.

A successful Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan will help California achieve its clean energy goals. It should also conserve the unique places and lands that are important to local communities and draw visitors from near and far to enjoy the desert.

Get Involved

Help us protect the California desert’s most special places by signing up for our WildAlert list for future opportunities to ensure these special desert lands are forever preserved.

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