Bishop Field Office
The public lands in Mono and Inyo counties span the length of the eastern Sierra from Topaz Lake to Owens Lake in a region dominated by public agency lands.
The Inyo and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests, the major federal land administrators in the area, manage over 2 million acres, while the Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power (DWP) manages 310,000 acres.
Private land ownership comprises only about 2% in Inyo County and 6% in Mono County.
You might be surprised to know that many of your favorite movies are inspired by the majesty of the California desert. The desert's beauty is the perfect setting for film, photography, art, music and other great entertainment.
The desert offers a variety of ways to discover nature, adventure and travel. Opportunities are only limited by your imagination.
The desert shapes the way people live, from the historic travel routes of California's first people to our military to the people who call the desert home today.
Follow Discover the Desert on the BLM California's website and through @BLMCalifornia social media to learn about special desert places and so much more.
In California, BLM manages 11 million acres of unique and diverse desert landscapes rich with recreational, cultural and historical, environmental and archaeological resources.
The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is an innovative, landscape-level renewable energy and conservation planning effort covering more than 22 million acres in the California desert.
The plan has two broad sets of goals:
- Renewable Energy and Transmission: The plan identifies specific development focus areas with high-quality renewable energy potential and access to transmission in areas where impacts can be managed and mitigated.
- Desert Conservation: Address species, ecosystem and climate adaptation requirements for 37 species and 31 natural communities covered by the plan as well as protection of recreation, cultural, and scenic values, and other desert resources.
The DRECP is a collaborative effort between the BLM, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Energy Commission, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
- News Release: Bishop FO & Inyo National Forest announce Fire Restrictions effective June 27th.
Plan Your Trip
In the Spotlight
Visit the Alabama Hills:
Campground Hosts needed for all Bishop Field Office campgrounds
Watch the defensible space video.
Learn how to protect your home and valuables from wildfire danger in a variety of landscapes.
To enhance customer service and reduce costs, the BLM, Forest Service, and the National Park Service coordinate land and resource management and public service in the eastern Sierra. The Bishop Field Office is co-located with the Inyo National Forest headquarters and both agencies work together on a wide variety of programs and projects, sharing scarce-skill employees.
One-stop shopping for BLM, Forest Service, and National Park Service information and permits is provided at the Public Lands Information Center on Main Street in Bishop and the Interagency Visitor Center in Lone Pine. BLM Bishop and the Inyo and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests provide integrated wildland fire and fuels management, working together across agency jurisdictions on the federal lands in the eastern Sierra.
Bureau of Land Management
Bishop Field Office
351 Pacu Lane, Suite 100
Bishop, CA 93514
Phone: (760) 872-5000
Fax: (760) 872-5050
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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The Bishop Field Office cares for a unique vestige of wild California, emphasizing conservation, education and partnerships. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the 750,000 acres of your BLM public lands we are entrusted to manage. BLM Bishop emphasizes collaborative, citizen-centered stewardship as well as interagency coordination and cooperation in fulfilling our mission.