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San Joaquin Desert Hills

Peppergrass Flat, photo by M. Westphal BLM

Peppergrass Flat, Ciervo Hills, Fresno County

In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Hollister Field Office, Hollister, California intends to prepare a Resource Management Plan (RMP) amendment for the Southern Diablo Mountain Range and Central Coast of California RMP with an associated Environmental Assessment (EA) to address the Panoche-Coalinga Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) and by this notice is announcing the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues.

The Panoche-Coalinga ACEC stretches from the Panoche Hills southwards to Coalinga connecting a vast landscape of ancient desert-like habitats and open space with outstanding scenic and recreational values in the western San Joaquin Valley. These lands, administered by the BLM Hollister Field Office are known as the “San Joaquin Desert Hills.”

BLM California News Release

Notice of Intent (NOI) Federal Register (FR)

San Joaquin Desert Hills Newsletter, Volume 1 (September 18, 2012)

Resource Management Plan Amendment for the San Joaquin Desert Hills - Public Scoping Information and Preliminary Planning Criteria (PDF 3.5MB)

Creating a Vision for Your Public Lands - BLM Scoping Process General Information

All coments must be received no later than 30 days after the last public meeting.  Comments may be submitted verbally during public scoping workshops, by email, or in writing to the Hollister Field Office, 20 Hamilton Court, Hollister, CA 95023

FAX: 831-630-5055

Email: BLM_CA_Hollister_RMP@blm.gov

To be added to our mailing list, contact Sky Murphy by telephone at 831-630-5039 or email at Sky_Murphy@blm.gov.

Giant Kangaroo Rat, Photo by Mike Westphal BLM

Giant Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ingens) is presently a Federally listed species. The San Joaquin Hills RMP will contribute to the delisting of this species.


Current User/Recreation Map - "Desert Hills of the San Joaquin Valley"


Panoche Hills

Panoche Creek, photo by BLM

Panoche Creek


Monvero Dunes

Monvero Dunes in the Ciervo Hills, photo by BLM

Monvero Dunes in the Ciervo Hills


Tumey Hills

Tumey Gulch, photo by BLM

Tumey Gulch


Griswold Hills

Griswold Hills area, photo by BLM

Griswold Hills


Paleontological Resources

View of Moreno Shale in the Desert Hills, photo by R. O'Dell BLM

View of exposed Moreno Shale


The Toolbox

Cattle grazing, photo by BLMRange Management

Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard, photo by BLMOutdoor Laboratory


Bureau of Land Management
Hollister Field Office
20 Hamilton Court
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: (831) 630-5000
Fax: (831) 630-5055
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
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