The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), which was finalized in 2016, provided historic conservation gains for public lands in California and provided a precedent-setting blueprint for how to balance renewable energy development with conservation on our nation’s public lands. Local stakeholders, as well as thousands of citizens from throughout California and across the country, provided input over an 8-year process to shape the final plan.

But, on February 2, the Department of Interior issued a notice to re-open the plan, potentially putting at risk 6 million acres of vital conservation lands, such as the Silurian Valley, Centennial Flats, Mayan Peak, and Chuckwalla Bench as well as the iconic plant and animal species that make their home in the desert, including the Joshua Tree, wildflower superblooms, bighorn sheep, microphyll woodlands, the Mohave ground squirrel, desert tortoises, and Gila monsters.

Since February 2, CNPS has been part of a strong coalition of conservation organizations advocating on behalf of the DRECP and California’s deserts. It won’t be easy, and we need your help. Read on to see how you can get involved and make a difference!

Joshua trees in Inyo County. Credit Greg Suba.
Joshua trees in Inyo County. Credit Greg Suba.

Join Us

Help us defend California’s desert lands!


Desert Defense Resources

The best way to make a difference is to make your voice heard.

Write the BLM

Tell BLM CA Director Perez that you want the BLM to leave the plan intact. Use our sample language here.

See talking points

Helpful language to craft your communications with friends and decision-makers.

Mecca Hills Photo: Duncan Bell
Mecca Hills Photo: Duncan Bell

Contact your supervisor 

If you live near in or near a desert county, please let your supervisor know that you want to protect our desert plan.