Current Campaigns

Renewable energy is our path towards a clean energy future, and the public lands of the American West offer limitless sun and wind to help reach that goal.

But just like any form of energy development, renewable energy sites and transmission lines can damage wildlands and hurt the wildlife that live on them.

Our renewable energy campaigns are helping limit the negative impacts of energy and transmission development on wilderness.

Smart solar

The sunny lands of the southwest are the perfect place for capturing the energy of the sun. But solar energy development could hurt the beautiful cactus-studded deserts that southwest endangered wildlife depends on. Our work guides projects to low-conflict solar energy zones on BLM lands. We are helping protect our natural heritage and build a clean energy future.

Saving energy saves lands

The cheapest, greenest power plant is the one you don’t have to build. By supporting innovative ways to reduce energy demand we are shrinking our energy footprint and the amount of development needed on public lands.

Paying back the land

Public lands are owned by all Americans, so how can we ensure a fair return for development on these lands?  We are working to ensure revenue collected from wind and solar projects pays back local communities and the wildlife that call our public lands home.

Transmitting energy

To get renewable energy to cities we’ll need new responsibly-sited transmission lines. The challenge is building only what is needed and siting transmission lines in low-conflict areas so that good projects are approved quickly.

  • Neil Shader

    A report on landscape-based mitigation released by the Interior Department Energy and Climate Change Task Force, “A Strategy for Improving the Mitigation Policies and Practices of The Department of the Interior,”  provides a blueprint for better protection for fish, wildlife, recreation and wild land values for the tens of millions of acres of public lands open to oil and gas and other energy development.

  • Michael Reinemer

    This weekend, veterans from around the West will be visiting the rolling, boulder-strewn landscape of the Dragoon Mountains south of Tucson to participate in a writing workshop that will guide them on skills needed to create narratives of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry that is informed both by their service experiences and the natural environment.

  • Neil Shader

    The following statement on the confirmation of Neil Kornze to be the Director of the Bureau of Land Management can be attributed to Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society.