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News Release: Balanced California Desert Management Plan Promotes Renewable Energy While Permanently Protecting Key Landscapes

Palm Desert, Calif. (Sept. 14, 2016) – The Conservation Lands Foundation praised the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) release of the Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan (DRECP) today. Best known for identifying renewable energy development zones, the DRECP also provides permanent protections for theCalifornia Desert Conservation Lands. The newly-designated California Desert Conservation Lands are now part of the BLM-managed National Conservation Lands that protect treasured landscapes throughout the West.

The California Desert Conservation Lands protected under the plan include regions such as the Silurian Valley, Amargosa Basin, Panamint Valley, Chuckwalla Bench and Yuha Desert. The DRECP protects these areas for their important cultural, natural and historical values while allowing the public to continue to recreate in and explore these distinctive regions. The newly-designated California Desert Conservation Lands contain the highest concentration of endangered species in the desert southwest, the only free-flowing river in the Mojave Desert, paleo-archaeological sites from early Paiute settlements, and the historic site of General Patton’s World War II training camps.

“This plan is a win for California. Not only does it help the State meet renewable energy goals, it also protects some of California’s best places—lands that provide a recreational escape and protect important wildlife species,” stated Doug Wheeler, former California Secretary for Natural Resources.

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