The Department of Fish and Wildlife is actively working to ban hunting on vast areas of Southern California’s deserts under the guise of mitigating for energy development projects taking place on public lands in this region. Here’s an example of how it works:
The Ivanpah Solar plant (near Stateline north of Interstate 15) is being built on 4,000 acres of public lands that had been open to hunting and other public access in the past. All wildlife values and public access to that land has been lost. In April this year, the DFW and the California Energy Commission issued a press release proudly announcing the $11.4 million mitigation package, including $6.2 million for the purchase of 7,000 acres of private lands to mitigate for damages caused by the power plants’ footprint and operation.