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Eagle Lake frozen over in the winter.
As temperatures drop below freezing, fascinating ice formations are created on the surface of Eagle Lake. (Photo by Bob Wick/BLM)

Extending across rangelands, forests, high mountains, coast and deserts, public lands make California one of the most diverse states in the nation.  The abundance of natural resources continues to support generations of families and local communities, while providing important economic benefits.

In California, the Bureau of Land Management manages:

  • 15.2 million acres of public land
    (about 15% of the Golden State’s total land mass)
  • 47 million acres of subsurface mineral estate
  • 1.6 million surface acres in northwestern Nevada

The Bureau of Land Management authorizes renewable energy production, mining, grazing, timber harvesting and other multiple uses while also balancing conservation efforts to ensure our natural, recreational, historical and cultural resources are protected and available for future generations.

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Bureau of Land Management
California State Office
2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-1623
Sacramento, CA 95825-1886
Phone: (916) 978-4400
Fax: (916) 978-4416
TTY/Federal Relay System: (916) 978-4419
Office Hours:  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages 15.2 million acres of public lands in California - nearly 15% of the state's land area - and 1.6 million acres in northwestern Nevada.  BLM California also administers 47 million acres of subsurface mineral estate underlying federal surface land, 2.5 million acres underlying privately owned land, and 592,000 acres of Native American tribal land where BLM has trust responsibility for mineral operations. The BLM's multiple-use and sustained yield mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.