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Lava Ridge Wind Project IV: BLM's Kasey Prestwich and Magic Valley Resident Shauna Robinson,

Jessa finishes her conversation with Kasey Prestwich about what’s next in the BLM process when considering the Lava Ridge Wind Project. She then discusses some of the reservations of Magic Valley residents with a resident, Shauna Robinson

The Lava Ridge Wind Project is a proposed wind farm in Magic Valley, Idaho, near the Minidoka Internment Camp historical site. The proposed project would support the largest wind farm in the country. While there are definitely pros to a wind energy farm for Idaho, an energy-importing state that relies heavily on dirty energy (coal, fossil fuels…), there are also objections. Wind turbines can cause harm to airborne species. Specifically to Lava Ridge, the expanse of the project could disrespect the Minidoka historic site, whose desolate landscape is crucial for visitors to garner some awareness of what the camp used to be, and disrupt sage-grouse and Pronghorn habitat.

This week, Kasey Prestwich explains what we should expect next in the BLM process of accepting or denying the project. Further, Shauna Robinson, a citizen of Twin Falls, expresses the concerns of people all around Magic Valley, including the viewsheds around important cultural sites and insecurity about where the energy from the wind farm will actually go.

Further resources! 

Portneuf Resource Council’s new website:

Bureau of Land Management’s information on Lava Ridge (inducing the DEIS!):

A link directly to the PDF with the DEIS and the executive summary of the DEIS:

BLM press release about the Resource Advisory Council:

An article from Magic, a local Twin Falls newspaper:

Idaho Conservation League discusses the pros and cons of Lava Ridge:

“What is Lava Ridge and Why is It Important?” An article written by the Friends of Minidoka:

Read about some of the arguments against Lava Ridge at Stop Lava Ridge Project:

Hear about the Lava Ridge Project directly from Magic Valley Energy, who proposed the project:

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Jessa is in her final year of her undergraduate career, pursuing three majors: English with Creative Writing, History, and Global Studies with an emphasis in French Language and Literature. She is a published author through ISU's Black Rock & Sage literary magazine and hopes to join the Sustainability Club at ISU. Her sustainability journey began with her year abroad when she interned for Letters to the Earth, an organization dedicated to environmental sustainability. She hopes to work for Amnesty International until she can write books in the mountains full time.