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Record of Decision Approved
On September 14, 2016, the BLM approved the Record of Decision for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Approved Land Use Plan Amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Plan, Bishop Resource Management Plan, and Bakersfield Resourcement Management Plan.
Collage of DRECP Images, including solar panels, wind turbines, wildlife, and desert landscapes, Caption: Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Lands drecp.org
The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is an innovative, landscape-level renewable energy and conservation planning effort covering more than 22 million acres in the California desert. The plan has two broad sets of goals:

- Renewable Energy: The plan identifies specific development focus areas with high-quality renewable energy potential and access to transmission in areas where impacts can be managed and mitigated.
- Desert Conservation: The plan specifies species, ecosystem, and climate adaptation requirements for desert wildlife, as well as the protection of recreation, cultural, and other desert resources.

The DRECP is a collaborative effort between the BLM, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, California Energy Commission, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The BLM and its partner agencies released the Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan for public review in September 2014. The Draft DRECP and associated Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report includes six volumes, plus appendices.  These documents are posted at http://drecp.org and http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/energy/DRECP/policy.html.

In March of 2015, the BLM and its partner agencies announced a phased approach for completion of the DRECP, beginning with the public lands component of the plan.

As part of Phase I, the BLM released the Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment and Final Environmental Impact Statement on November 10, 2015. The proposed BLM plan covers 10 million acres of BLM-managed lands in the DRECP plan area and serves as a foundation for achieving the overall renewable energy and conservation goals of the DRECP.  These documents are also posted at http://drecp.org.

On March 11, 2016, the BLM announced an additional 60 day comment period for Areas of Critical Environment Concern (ACECs).