Colorado Plateau Projects

The Colorado Plateau is a diverse landscape that includes iconic places such as the Grand Canyon in Arizona, southern Utah’s national parks and monuments, Colorado’s western slope and much more.

Renewable energy development here must be balanced with protections for the region’s wild lands.

Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind

Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind is a large wind project proposed on public, private and state lands in southern Wyoming. The Wilderness Society is working with our conservation partners through the BLM permitting process to advocate for protections for wildlife habitat.

TransWest Express Transmission

TransWest Express Transmission is proposed to run from a large proposed wind project in south-central Wyoming to the Las Vegas area. The Wilderness Society is working through the permitting process to limit impacts and recommend the line carry primarily renewable energy.

Gateway West Transmission

Gateway West Transmission is proposed to run from southeastern Wyoming to western Idaho. The Wilderness Society is working to limit impacts. We are also pressing for answers to concerns that the proposed lines could increase fossil fuel-based power, and advocating that renewable energy have priority on the proposed lines.
 

  • After years of sharing photos that show the best of American lands, the BLM now apparently sees these places in terms of the polluting resources that can be drilled, dug or blasted from beneath their surface.

  • Trump aims attack at national monuments: 24 at risk

    President Trump is ordering a "review" of at least 24 national monuments designated since the beginning of 1996, a sweeping action that is intended to shrink boundaries and reduce protections. Here are some of the monuments under attack, ranging from rare wildlife habitat to Native American archaeological ruins.

  • Amid a new flurry of executive orders, Trump directed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to examine more than 20 national monuments designated since the beginning of 1996, presumably with an eye toward shrinking their boundaries and reducing protection.