The Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, for the proposed California Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP).

The EIS will be a joint Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/ EIR), for which the Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), together with the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), intend to gather information necessary for preparation.

The DRECP will then be prepared to meet the requirements of the Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended, and the State of California's Endangered Species Act and Natural Communities Conservation Planning Act. The BLM, in compliance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, as amended, will consider this NEPA process and the resulting DRECP documents in its analysis toward possible amendment of BLM's California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan of 1980, as amended.

DATES: Please send written comments on or before September 12, 2011 (see ADDRESSES). Three public scoping meetings will be held for the EIS/EIR, and we will accept written comments at these meetings. These public meetings will be held on the following dates and at the following locations:

1. August 16, 2011, 7-9 p.m., Lake Arrowhead Ballroom, Doubletree Ontario Hotel, 222 N Vineyard Ave. Ontario, CA 91764.

2. August 24, 2011, 2-4 p.m., Hearing Room A, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth St. Sacramento, CA 95814.

3. August 24, 2011, 7-9 p.m., Hearing Room A, California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth St. Sacramento, CA 95814.

For more information, see ``Public Comments'' and ``Reasonable Accommodation'' under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

Click here to read the complete Federal Register Notice

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