The Central Coast Field Office has a staff of Law Enforcement Rangers who provide a regular and recurring presence over the resource area. They are responsible for conducting high visibility patrols; conducting public contacts; enforcing federal laws and regulations; assisting local county or city police departments, other federal and state land management agencies, and BLM Special Agents investigating illegal activity on public lands; and generally providing for the safety of BLM employees and public land users. Some of the issues that Rangers focus on within the Central Coast Field Office area include the following:
- Protecting the cultural and historically-significant sites, such as petroglyphs and pictographs, from vandalism
- Preventing theft and damage of plants, animals, minerals, and other valuable publicly-owned resources
Guarding against the dumping of hazardous waste and other pollutants
Locating and eradicating drug manufacturing laboratories
Providing emergency medical aid and search and rescue assistance to visitors of public lands
Preserve wilderness values by protecting wilderness resources, providing visitors with information, and issuing citations to those using motorized vehicles or mechanized equipment in Wilderness Area
Monitor Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) areas and enforce OHV laws and safety regulations
The BLM Ranger has become the "eyes and ears" of the agency. They are the most visible BLM employee and are very familiar with the areas they patrol.
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