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Jeff Olesh, left, a retired mechanic and an environmental advocate who owns property in the community of Portal Ridge, and Vern Biehl, a wilderness ranger who lives in Kings Canyon, one of the communities directly affected by plans for wind turbines, stand at a high point on Portal Ridge where nearly 500-foot-tall wind-powered generating towers would be built.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

California poppies on Portal Ridge, where nearly 500- foot-tall wind turbines would be built.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Vern Biehl, a forest service wilderness ranger, opens a gate on Portal Ridge, where the nearly 500-foot-tall turbines would be built.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

A yucca plant on Portal Ridge. Critics fear that green-energy projects planned in the Antelope Valley would be detrimental to the environment.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Susan Zahnter, vice president of the Three Points-Liebre Mountain Town Council, and Jeff Olesh take in the view where nearly 500-foot-tall wind turbines would be build.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

A view overlooking Elizabeth Lake from the south slope of Portal Ridge. Antelope Valley residents worry that a planned industrial-scale wind farm would ruin the area's vistas.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

A view to the Tehachapi Mountains to the north across the Antelope Valley floor from Portal Ridge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

A view in Portal Ridge includes the aqueduct.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Kathryn Porter, a Lancaster resident and concerned citizen, checks a wildflower in her book in Portal Ridge. Residents are worried about the environmental effects of planned green-energy projects in Antelope Valley, especially a wind farm.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Many migrating birds are found on Portal Ridge. Some people worry that birds could be harmed by the planned wind turbines.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Jeff Olesh, left, and Vern Biehl view Angeles National Forest land to the south of Portal Ridge. They're among the area residents who don't want to see an industrial-scale wind farm in the area. Says Olesh, "This is what we're trying to save."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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A fight is on to prevent several out-of-state companies from attempting to convert lands near the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve and the Portal Ridge area into an industrial-scale energy production facility, such as the Tehachapi Wind Farms.

1 Comment

  1. August 9, 2011, 7:52 pm

    this wind turbine is a travesty on this

    land this land is just what it should

    be untouched by man please leave it alone

    one of the few left in Calif

    By: phyllis hall

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