The Bureau of Land Management has issued a statement that the right-of-way application for the proposed Crescent Peak Wind Project has been denied.
This is excellent news for the conservation of this unique habitat.
"Renewable energy is the solution to climate change but it has to be sited properly," said Doug Chang, President of Red Rock Audubon. "Siting must take into account protecting the cultural and natural assets for all of us."
Red Rock Audubon supports efforts to develop renewable energy sources. However, objection to this particular project was based on the potential damage to golden eagles that nest within and millions of birds that migrate through the area. The area contains one of the highest known densities of golden eagles in Nevada. It is also important for migratory birds for its foraging and nesting habitats and its close proximity to the Colorado River. The miles of roads that would have been built to support the project as well as the danger wind turbines pose to flying birds would degrade the habitat needed for birds and other wildlife that live in this area, like big horn sheep and desert tortoises.
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Two Red Rock Audubon chapter members have donated $100,000 to the National Audubon Society to establish the Silver State Wings Conservation Fund. Douglas and Nancy Chang are determined to make a difference in Nevada. The Fund will help Nevada Audubon chapters' conservation efforts through youth education and chapter capacity building.