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California Desert District

California Desert District


Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.

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.


DRECP

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.


CDD Spotlight  

 Silurian Solar Project Public Meeting Notice

Route 66 Corridor Management Plan

BLM Imperial Sand Dunes Record of Decision and Recreation Area Management Plan

ISDRA Final Business Plan

Campfire Permit


America celebrates 
"50 Years of Wilderness"

Wilderness 50  years, 1964-2014, Yours to enjoy, to protect.


Events

Explore Wilderness Areas

Junior Ranger Activities & Adventures
(ages 8 - 18)

Purchase a California Wall Map


              Important CDD Links

       

 Desert Advisory Council (DAC)

       Desert Tortoise
       Frequently Asked Questions
     

 Special Recreation Permits

    

 Final Supplementary Rules

    

 Land Use Planning

    

 West Mojave Plan (WEMO)

    

 WEMO - Amendment Activity

     Hazardous Materials Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Wild Horse and Burro

A horse standing in the corrals with a long mane.

Ridgecrest Regional Corrals

Schedule of Adoptions

Upcoming Adoption

 

Abandoned Mine Lands

An abandoned mine opening with a gate blocking the entrance.

Abandoned Mine Lands (AML)

About AML

Public Safety

Bats and Mines

 

Fire / Aviation

A wildfire with arge flames and black smoke.

Fire Management

2014 UPDATED Fire Restrictions


Ridgecrest Field Office Barstow Field Office Needles Field Office Palm Springs/South Coast Field Office El Centro Field Ofifce

Our Strength is in Our People - Be a Volunteer -

Group of volunteers remove invasive ice plant at Piedras Blancas Lightstation.


Become a BLM Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities


Help Protect Your Public Lands! Report Resource Crimes Toll Free (888) 233-6518



Renewable Energy Projects

Renewable Energy Program Information

 

  

  Western Solar Plan Variance Projects

 
Silurian Valley Solar (Aurora Solar) 

 

 

  Solar Projects

Field Office

Blythe Mesa PowerPalm Springs

Ocotillo Sol

El Centro

Palen Solar Electric Generating SystemPalm Springs
RE Cinco Gen-Tie ProjectRidgecrest
Soda Mountain SolarBarstow

Stateline Solar Farm

Needles

  

  Wind Projects

Field Office

Tylerhorse

Ridgecrest

 

 

  Geothermal Projects

Field Office

Haiwee Geothermal Leasing AreaRidgecrest

 

 

 Transmission Projects

Field Office

Coolwater Lugo

Barstow

West of Devers

Palm Springs

  

Planning Efforts

 
Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) 
Solar Programmatic EIS 

West Chocolate Mountains REEA

El Centro

              Approved Renewable Energy Projects

Solar Projects

Field Office

Abengoa Mojave
Project is on Private Land with BLM Transmission Component

Barstow

Blythe Power

Palm Springs

Campo Verde Solar
Project is on Private Land with BLM Transmission Component
El Centro

Centinela 
Project is on Private Land with BLM Transmission Component

El Centro

Desert Harvest - enXcoPalm Springs

Desert Sunlight

Palm Springs

Genesis

Palm Springs

Imperial Solar Energy Center (CSolar) South 
Project is on Private Land with BLM Transmission Component

El Centro

Imperial Solar Energy Center (CSolar) West 
Project is on Private Land with BLM Transmission Component

El Centro

Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS)

Needles

McCoy - NextraPalm Springs

Rice Solar Energy 
Project is on Private Land with BLM Transmission Component

Palm Springs

 

 

Wind Projects 

Alta East

Ridgecrest

Ocotillo Express

El Centro

Tule Wind Energy / ECO Substation Project

El Centro

  

Geothermal Projects

Field Office

Truckhaven Geothermal Leasing Area

El Centro

 

 

Transmission Projects

Field Office

Barren Ridge

Ridgecrest

Devers-Palo Verde No.2

Palm Springs

Eldorado Ivanpah

Needles

Sunrise Powerlink Project

El Centro


About the CDD

Unique within the BLM, the California Desert District was created to protect the natural, historic, recreational and economic riches of the diverse and scenic California Desert. Designated as the California Desert Conservation Area by the U.S. Congress, the California Desert District is responsible for protecting and preserving nearly 11 million of its 25 million acres.

 

Bureau of Land Management
California Desert District
22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Phone: (951) 697-5200
Fax: (951) 697-5299
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
Contact us by Email


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