Federal authorities eased the way for an estimated 3,200 MW of new wind power on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the Western United States?including projects in California. BLM issued a ?final programmatic environmental impact statement? issued earlier this month. The report ?will establish a good foundation for environmental analysis,? said Ray Brady, BLM lands and realty group manager. The document will eliminate the need for project developers to produce full EIS documents and instead allow them to develop shorter environmental assessment reports, he added. BLM?s environmental statement outlines the environmental impacts of wind?including effects on birds and other wildlife?and identifies mitigation measures. These include outlining specific sensitive areas where wind projects will not be allowed and adaptive management strategies, in which changes are made to an operating project to address environmental impacts as they arise. The EIS covers 11 Western states, including California, where two new wind power projects are being planned on BLM land, including the Walker Ridge project in Ukiah and one at the Geysers near Middletown.