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.


Take an online Tour

Can't make it to the California Desert? Take an online tour of the spectacular California Desert.


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.


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


In the Spotlight

 National Public Lands Day - Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Coyote Mountains Wilderness.  more...
 Geothermal Competitive Lease Sales
 BLM Implements Additional Fire Restrictions for Public Lands Within California Desert District
 Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area Set to Change Closures this Fall


California Desert District

Desert Tortoise

Final Supplementary Rules

Fire Restrictions 

Print your own Campfire Permit

Renewable Energy 

 
Quick Links 
Desert Safety

Environmental Documents

Imperial Sand Dunes

Recreation Opportunities

Target Shooting

Vendor Information

Yuha Audio Tour
2014 Hiking Schedule
 
Public Notice
Grazing on Public Lands in San Diego County 
 


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

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


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

EA/FONSIAirport Mesa Shooting Closure Proposed RMPA/EA and FONSI 
The Proposed RMPA/EA and FONSI are open for a 30-day period beginning September 12, 2014 through October 14, 2014. Protest process instructions enclosed.

Nicollee Gaddis

9/10/14

EA/FONSI  Plank Road Interpretive & Access Improvement EA / FONSI 
Public review period will end September 16, 2014 - direct all comments to Nicollee Gaddis

Nicollee Gaddis

8/29/14

EAJimenez Mine Modification of Plan of Operation & Right-of-Way

Efe Erukanure

8/4/14

EAISEC West Invasive Plant Management

Nicollee Gaddis

4/8/14

EASunrise Powerlink Invasive Plant Management

Nicollee Gaddis

1/29/14

FONSICBP West Desert Roadway

Nicollee Gaddis

11/1/13

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
Contact us by Email


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