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Success Stories

Defenders filed protests with BLM on two solar projects and entered into settlement discussions to minimize the projects’ negative impacts on desert tortoise habitat. We successfully settled one solar project when the project developer agreed to acquire and protect thousands of critical desert tortoise connectivity habitat the Chuckwalla Valley, CA. 

For nearly two years, Defenders followed developments with increasing concern regarding the siting of the utility-scale Calico Solar project. Comments from Defenders and several other conservation groups warned of the impacts the project would have, faulted the BLM for analyzing only the proposed site in their EIS and offered a recommendation to both the BLM and CEC to relocate the project to an environmentally acceptable site. As of July 2013, the Calico project was canceled.