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.
 

  • Map and infographics showing the region of the plan, what matters in the Pacific Northwestt (1), what people want in a Northwest Forest Plan (2) and what most voters support in a revised Northwest Forest plan (3). A two page summary of the polls results is below the map and infographics.

  • statewide survey of 600 registered voters in Washington, Oregon and California, with an additional oversample of 200 registered voters in California counties, was conducted by telephone using professional interviewers, including 45% of all interviews conducted via cell phone.

  • “We Can’t Wait: Why we need reform of the federal coal program now,” shows how the industry has been passing on millions in costs every day to the public. The status quo of the program has impacted public lands to the tune of billions of dollars and could multiply if coal companies aren’t held responsible for cleanup as they go bankrupt. Damages due to climate change from mining emissions will cost billions and drinking water for entire cities could be lost to mining or polluted beyond safe drinking levels.