Conservation Lands Foundation Applauds Move to Protect the DRECP

[Press Release on DCREP]

Conservation Lands Foundation Applauds Biden Administration’s Move to Protect the DRECP, California Desert National Conservation Lands

The Department of the Interior today announced that it would stop an effort initiated by the previous administration to reopen the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). The following is a statement from Elyane Stefanick, California Program Director, Conservation Lands Foundation in response to this welcome action from the Biden Administration:

“Conservation Lands Foundation is grateful to the Biden Administration and the Department of the Interior for withdrawing the Trump Administration’s attempt to desecrate the California Desert Conservation Lands. The withdrawal of the Draft EIS amending the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan affirms that the Desert Conservation Lands cannot be reduced by an administration and that the state of California has the certainty to work with renewable energy companies to meet its goals to reduce carbon emissions. We commend the leadership at the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management for ending this unnecessary amendment process.”

Background on the DRECP: 

The DRECP is a first-of-its-kind land use plan designed to balance conservation, recreation, and renewable energy development on more than 10.5 million acres of California Desert public lands. In January, the Trump administration released a Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement to the DRECP, a last-ditch effort to gut the protection of public lands in the region.

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One Response to Conservation Lands Foundation Applauds Move to Protect the DRECP

  1. Frankly, Nature needs a break... February 20, 2021 at 8:03 am #

    A lot of time, energy and effort went into this project to identify the best places that renewable energy projects would best serve the public without destroying habitat for plants and animals in the fragile desert environment. The previous administration had little regard of the environment when it came into conflict with the interests of large corporations and monied interests of its supporters, who coincidently were also large campaign donors to the Republican Party, although it’s not only the Republican Party serving monied interests. The Democratic Party does much the same thing when it is in power.

    Balancing needs and interests are what best serves the public in the long haul. Our children, and their children, and so on, deserve a world in which they can benefit from the wise actions of those that came before them. We nave not done well in how we have used this planet’s resources. Nature needs a little help once in a while, rather than being plundered.


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