As part of President Biden’s push to increase renewable energy projects on public land, The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments regarding the Lava Ridge Wind Project. Magic Valley LLC, is looking to lease 73,000 acres of BLM land northeast of Twin Falls, Idaho. This will be the biggest wind project in Idaho, and one of the biggest wind projects in the world. If you recreate in southeastern Idaho, it is likely this project is in your backyard. We’ve consulted with local clubs and they have concerns that several well-used roads aren’t included in BLM’s analysis. The proposed project includes up to 400 wind turbines. Many off-road recreationists access this area, and this project could greatly restrict future access if we don’t make our voices heard. The Deadline for commenting on the project is 10/20/2021.
We’ve put together an action alert that identifies some of the key issues BRC members should be aware of. We’re hopeful the BLM can develop alternatives that will minimize impacts to recreation, but they need to hear from us. The tool below makes it easy for you to submit a comment with just a few clicks, and you also have the ability to customize your comment if you have more familiarity with the project and want to express your specific concerns. Of course we’ll be engaging on this issue as an organization as well.