TAKE ACTION: Massive Solar Project Threatens the Eastern Boundary of Death Valley National Park

23 June 2021

Friends, please take action TODAY to help protect Death Valley National Park, wildlife, and public lands. This photograph depicts the Bullfrog Hills just east of Death Valley National Park, in Nye County, Nevada. These hills are famous for their gold mining history and feature one of the west’s most notable ghost towns, Rhyolite. An 800-megawatt solar photovoltaic facility and energy storage project has been proposed on 6,515 acres of public lands in Nye County, Nevada, right inside this photograph. Imagine, if you will, the entire foreground of my photograph bladed clean of all plants and animals, biologically devoid, covered in thousands of solar panels. The Bureau of Land Management determined in 2012 that this is a zone of High Conflict; it’s on the doorstep of Death Valley National Park and its impacts will be grave. This project shall not be permitted to proceed and it can be stopped with YOUR HELP. Please take action today by following this link.

You do not need to be a NV resident to write a letter. THANK YOU for taking action!

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