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


Discover the Desert

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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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.


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BLM Announces ISDRA Subgroup Public Meeting

 

BLM Desert District Implements Temporary Recreational Shooting Restrictions

 

BLM Seeks Comments on 2015 Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Proposals

 

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

 Geothermal Competitive Lease Sales


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Quick Links 
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Imperial Sand Dunes
Maps

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Target Shooting

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Yuha Audio Tour
 
Public Notice
Grazing on Public Lands in San Diego County 
 


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

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  

Top 10 Points of Interest


Renewable Energy Projects

Solar Projects

 SDG&E Ocotillo Sol

 

 Planning Efforts

 West Chocolate Mountains Renewable Energy Evaluation Area
 
 Geothermal
 Geothermal Lease Sales
 

Approved Renewable Energy Projects

Type

Project Name

Solar

Centinela
Project is on Private Land with BLM Transmission Component

Solar

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

Solar

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

Solar

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

Wind

Ocotillo Express

Wind

Tule Wind Energy

Transmission 

SDG&E ECO Substation Project

Transmission

Sunrise Powerlink Project

Geothermal

Truckhaven Geothermal Leasing Area


Other Ongoing Projects

Type

Project Name

Lead

Last Updated

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

1/15/15

RAMP/EIS

Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area

Greg Hill

6/17/13

OTHImperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Business Plan

Neil Hamada

5/31/13


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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