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El Centro Field Office

El Centro Field Office

Peninsular bighorn sheep in the Jacumba Mountains. Photo credits: CBP\Kevin Gellar

Banner Canyon. Photo credits: BLM\Erin Dreyfuss

Imperial Sand Dunes. Photo credits: Imperial Valley Press (used with permission)

Desert Globemallow. Photo credits: BLM\Erin Dreyfuss

Wind Caves, Coyote Mountains Wilderness. Photo credits: BLM\Valerie Kastoll

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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.

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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.

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National Public Lands Day Scheduled at Tumco Historic Mining Town


SCORE 2015 Information


BLM Desert District Implements Temporary Recreational Shooting Restrictions


BLM Announces Intent to Prepare Environmental Review For Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area

 Geothermal Competitive Lease Sales

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Desert Tortoise

Final Supplementary Rules

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The Bureau of Land Management, El Centro Field Office manages approximately 1.4 million acres of public lands spread across two counties: Imperial and San Diego.  Approximately 95% of the BLM ECFO managed lands lie within Imperial County.  The resource area is bordered by the U.S./Mexico International border to the south and the Riverside County line to the north.  More info... 

Map of Land Status within El Centro Field Office resource area  

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Renewable Energy Projects

Solar Projects

 SDG&E Ocotillo Sol


 Planning Efforts

 West Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area
 Geothermal Lease Sales

Approved Renewable Energy Projects


Project Name


Project is on Private Land with BLM Transmission Component


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


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


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


Ocotillo Express


Tule Wind Energy


SDG&E ECO Substation Project


Sunrise Powerlink Project


Truckhaven Geothermal Leasing Area

Other Ongoing Projects


Project Name


Last Updated

EATule Wind Integrated Weed Management Plan  Public review period will end November 23, 2015 - direct all comments to Noel Ludwig

Noel Ludwig


FONSITule Wind Integrated Weed Management Plan Public review period will end November 23, 2015 - direct all comments to Noel Ludwig

Noel Ludwig



Gecko and Gray's Well Road Road Improvements                                               Public review period will end October 5, 2015- direct all comments to Carrie Simmons

Carrie Simmons9/3/15
EREnvironmental Review for Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation AreaCarrie Simmons2/13/15
EAMesquite Regional Landfill Drainage Repairs Project
Public review period will end January 30, 2015- direct all comments to Nicollee Gaddis

Nicollee Gaddis



Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area

Greg Hill


OTHImperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Business Plan

Neil Hamada


Bureau of Land Management
El Centro Field Office
1661 S. 4th Street
El Centro CA 92243
Phone: (760) 337-4400
Fax: (760) 337-4490
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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