|This screenshot shows the proposed project location in red, located in a valley that connects the central Mojave with wildlands to the west. Map from the BLM Plan of Development for the Caithness Soda Mountain solar project.|
The BLM probably should conduct a more thorough plant and wildlife survey before supporting industrialization of this habitat, since the project could block wildlife migration corridor linking the central Mojave with areas to the west, according to a review of the Nature Conservancy's Mojave Deser Ecoregional Assessment. It's possible the BLM has already clued in on the dangers of this particular proposal, since the land record available for the application notes that the Soda Mountain solar project has been "de-prioritized" due to unspecified conflicts.
More information, photos of the area, and a link to the BLM plan of development is available at the Basin and Range Watch website.