Desert Protection


Illustration: Obi Kaufmann

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) combines conservation of California’s desert ecosystems with California’s renewable energy planning.  22.5 million acres of federal and non-federal California desert land are in the DRECP Plan Area established in 2014. The DRECP process can permanently protect California’s diverse and unique desert communities while siting renewable projects in the most appropriate locations.

The planning area covers portions of Inyo County and larger areas in surrounding desert. This collaborative effort includes a coalition of nonprofit organizations and the Renewable Energy Action Team composed of California Energy Commission, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The DRECP Decision released in September 2016 protected over 300,000 acres of the Eastern Sierra as California Desert National Conservation Land.

Friends of the Inyo continues working to achieve the conservation goals outlined in the document under changing political leadership.

Learn more about the DRECP here and our campaigns with National Conservation lands below.

view our comment letters here.

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