From the IMB Environmental Issues Team:
Here are links to two articles on the possible dismantling of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan’s (DRECP) protections that prohibit mining and large scale renewable energy development on sensitive lands – including those near Big Morongo Canyon and large parts of the Mojave Desert. Many local people worked for 8 years on this plan with the goal of protecting sensitive and scenic lands in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. The plan was not perfect for either developers or conservationists, but it did slow down a land grab that threatened our deserts.
- Trump plan could undo preservation of millions of acres of California desert for renewable energy development
- BLM cancels move to restrict mining in environmentally sensitive land in California desert
At the writing of the articles, San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood and Congressman Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) could not be reached for comment.
There is a 45-day public comment period on 10.8 million acres of BLM-managed land for possible changes to the DRECP “to seek greater opportunities for renewable energy generation. Comments should be sent to the BLM-California State Director, 2800 Cottage Way, Rm W-1623, Sacramento, CA 95825, or electronically to BLM_CA_DRECP@blm.gov.