California Desert: Work We Are Doing

View of the Soda Mountains from Cronise Sand Dunes, located in the Soda Mountains Wilderness Study Area, Mojave Desert, Calif.
Photo by John Dittli
California is home to more than 25 million acres of desert. Three key deserts - the Mojave, Sonoran and Great Basin - overlap to create lands rich in showy plants and animals.

This is one of America’s largest intact ecosystems. The Wilderness Society is working to protect its spectacular wild lands, wildlife habitats, historical treasures and important recreation and tourism destinations for all of us to enjoy for years to come. 

Renewable energy

At The Wilderness Society, we are helping California and the nation transition off dirty sources of energy like coal and towards clean, renewable energy sources. We are also helping to protect the California desert by making sure solar and wind projects are built away from sensitive wildlands.

Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP)

We are working to protect key wildlife habitat and wild lands and guide renewable energy projects to the right places with this California conservation plan

Our list of desert treasures represents some of the special places in the California desert that deserve protection and should be off limits to development. Important wildlife habitat for animals like desert tortoise and riparian songbirds, places to hike and view our nation’s history and pre-history, and roads including historic Route 66 are places that should be protected for future generations.  

California Desert Protection Act

Senator Dianne Feinstein’s California Desert Protection Act would protect about 1.5 million acres of public lands. The bill creates two new national monuments, adds land to Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks and the Mojave National Preserve and creates new wilderness areas.

Other clean energy work

The Wilderness Society is building support for legislation to ensure revenue collected from wind and solar projects pays back local communities and the wildlife that call our public lands home.

Learn about other renewable energy work in the California Desert.


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