Carlsbad Fish & Wildlife Office
Pacific Southwest Region

Palm Springs Fish & Wildlife Office

Renewable Energy:


The Palm Springs Fish and Wildlife Office provides environmental review for energy projects proposed on public and private lands.

We also provide technical assistance to federal agencies, Native American tribes, and project developers.



In 2008, the State of California initiated development of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan covering 22.5 million acres

in the Mojave and Colorado deserts. The DRECP will identify areas appropriate to focus utility-scale renewable energy projects, while ensuring conservation and management of our wildlife resources.




Coachella Valley fringe-toad lizard

Coachella Valley fringe-toad lizard. Photo credit: USFWS/J.Buegge



The draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is a landscape-scale blueprint that is the result of an extensive public participation process, which included collaboration among the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and other stakeholders. The public will have until January 2015 to provide additional comments on the draft plan, which includes lands in Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.

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March 10, 2015 News Release Announcing Phased Approach for Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

Frequently Asked Questions about the Phased Approach

For more information about the DRECP, please visit


To find out more about how the Service's Pacific Southwest Region is addressing renewable energy projects,

please check out the following link - Renewable Energy Development in California, Nevada & Klamath Basin




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