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Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), a major component of California's renewable energy planning efforts, will help provide effective protection and conservation of desert ecosystems while allowing for the appropriate development of renewable energy projects. The DRECP is being prepared through an unprecedented collaborative effort between the California Energy Commission, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also known as the Renewable Energy Action Team. The DRECP will result in an efficient and effective biological mitigation and conservation program providing renewable project developers with permit timing and cost certainty under the federal and California Endangered Species Acts while at the same time preserving, restoring and enhancing natural communities and related ecosystems. The DRECP is a comprehensive effort that covers 22.5 million acres of land in Southern California, which includes 7 counties and numerous protected federal and state lands. The DRECP is taking an innovative approach to incorporate climate change into the plan by selecting climate-resilient areas to protect species.

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