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PA for Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Now In Effect

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) was developed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to help locate renewable energy development in the most appropriate locations on 10 million acres of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in southern California. A Programmatic Agreement (PA) to address how historic properties will be taken into account in that process was executed on February 5, 2016, by BLM State Director Jerome E. Perez, California State Historic Preservation Officer Julianne Polanco, and Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. This agreement marks a significant step forward in the BLM's efforts to incorporate historic preservation values in its planning efforts.

Read the Programmatic Agreement here.

The DRECP consultation process itself was widely seen as a success due to the BLM's efforts in reaching out to and incorporating input from more than 350 consulting parties, including Indian tribes; local, state, and federal government entities; historic preservation interest groups; environmental interest groups; and the renewable energy industry. The dialog that resulted from consultations has led to an unusual degree of satisfaction with the outcomes in the PA, which provide a review process to consider effects to significant historical and archaeological resources for all future renewable energy projects proposed within the DRECP area. The satisfaction with the PA is illustrated by the signature of 15 consulting parties-including four Indian tribes-prior to the date it was executed by the signatories.

This effort is another in a growing list of BLM large-scale planning efforts where historic properties are considered at the beginning of the planning process. Other examples include the development of the West Wide Energy Corridors, Solar Energy Zones and West Mojave Travel Plan.

Updated March 31, 2016

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