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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State ParkOnce unthinkable in this desert preserve, ugly, massive and dangerous commercial wind farms are now encroaching on the rugged beauty, trails and wildlife habitats of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. This gift to the public from George Marston and his contemporaries has always been an alluring magnet for nature lovers, artists, scientists, campers, and explorers, and most importantly for those who seek respite from the city.

But in recent years, the federal Bureau of Land Management has orders to generate clean energy on public land, regardless of any negative impact on irreplaceable natural and cultural resources, wildlife, and the public's experience. A new wind farm of over 90 towers, with plans to add more, shares a five-mile boundary with Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, severely intruding on formerly pristine skies and heart-stopping vistas that sweep across desert and mountains. Like SDG&E's controversial Sunrise Power Link towers, you can't skirt the unsightly and noisy wind farms. Typically, the commercial owners install one hundred or so, 450-foot steel towers with spinning blades, which have proven lethal to birds as large as eagles and threaten to harm people as well. While there may be proper places for these, it is not here in one of our most scenic and culturally important regions. This hazardous blight must be stopped. Wind farms are removable and that's what the BLM should enforce.

Photo by Sandé Lollis

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