Protect California’s Wildlife!
Is it possible to balance renewable energy development with wildlife conservation?
Yes, but it’s not easy. It’s a delicate balance that the California’s Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is trying to achieve.
The DRECP is a joint federal and state planning effort to identify the right places in the California Desert for renewable energy development, while conserving areas important for wildlife, wilderness, recreation and other values. Although still in draft form, leading California environmental and conservation organizations believe there are still significant changes that must be made to the DRECP to truly protect the special qualities of the desert and its wildlife while advancing our clean energy goals.
The California desert has a part to play to help combat the impacts of climate change, clean up air pollution and provide clean energy jobs. But while the desert is important to a clean energy future, it is also a special environment that must be protected.
Avoiding unnecessary harm and protecting the pristine desert lands and vulnerable wildlife that call these lands home is crucial. Concentrating renewable energy development on already disturbed and degraded lands will help meet our clean energy goals while conserving imperiled wildlife, including the threatened desert tortoise, Mohave ground squirrel, desert bighorn sheep, flat-tailed horned lizard and golden eagles.
The DRECP is an amazing opportunity for concerned citizens like you to help determine the future of clean energy and conservation of California’s desert lands and wildlife. If done right, this proposal will advance crucial renewable energy development, while protecting millions of acres of public and private land for wildlife. If done wrong, the future survival of desert wildlife, like the iconic desert tortoise, will be unnecessarily threatened at the expense of poorly planned clean energy development.
Thank you for all you do.
Director of California Program
Defenders of Wildlife
Defenders of Wildlife is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities.
Defenders of Wildlife can be contacted at:
1130 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036