The DRECP — an extensive plan designed to spur renewable energy development and conservation on over four million hectares of federal land in the California desert — will feature an initial phase that will be led by the Bureau of Land Management.
Jewell noted: “Using a landscape-level perspective, unprecedented collaboration and extensive public engagement, this phase of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan will facilitate clean energy development, creating new jobs while cutting carbon pollution.
“This strategy provides effective protection and conservation for wildlife, recreation and cultural resources, while encouraging streamlined renewable energy development in the right places.”
As part of Phase I, the Bureau of Land Management will tab certain Development Focus Areas that possess high-quality solar, wind and geothermal energy potential. The phase will also determine National Conservation Lands, and list Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, wildlife allocations and National Scenic and Historic Trail management locations in order to maintain biological, cultural and other values.
Neil Kornze, director of the Bureau of Land Management, said: "The plan released today will advance state and federal conservation goals in the desert regions of California while facilitatitile roof panel mounting system
ng the timely permitting of renewable energy projects in appropriate areas. A vision for the desert, the DRECP represents an excellent example of collaboration among federal and state partners.”
The non-federal land portion of the plan — Phase II — is currently still ongoing and will be orchestrated by partnerships with federal, state, county and private land partners.tile roof panel mounting system
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