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California Desert District
Release Date: 06/08/11
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220  
  Stephen Razo , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CDD-11-43

BLM Announces Desert District Final Supplementary Rules

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the publication of Final Supplementary Rules on Public Lands Managed by the California Desert District in the Federal Register.

The Federal Register Notice lists new Final Supplementary Rules for BLM-managed lands in the California Desert District.  The District-wide rules seek to clarify and simplify rules for visitors anywhere on the public lands within the BLM California Desert District.  All of the rules affected by this notice will be available for inspection in the California Desert District Office in Moreno Valley, BLM Ridgecrest Field Office, BLM Barstow Field Office, BLM Palm Springs/South Coast Field Office, BLM Needles Field Office, and BLM El Centro Field Office, and at other areas of visitor concentration throughout the Desert District. 

The BLM has determined that these supplementary rules are necessary to enhance the safety of visitors, protect public health, protect natural resources, and improve recreation experiences and opportunities.

The Final Supplementary Rules are in full force and effect across the Desert District upon publication in the Federal Register.  The BLM previously solicited public comment on issues, concerns, potential impacts, alternatives, and mitigation measures that were considered during a 30-day comment period that ended July 26, 2010.  One rule was clarified based on these comments.  Publication of these Final Supplementary Rules completes the rulemaking process.

These Final Supplementary Rules have been developed in consultation with the Desert District Advisory Council, the Council’s subgroups, and recreation user groups.  They are now posted at:  The rules will also be available to the public at all BLM Desert District field offices and other locations throughout the California Desert District.

The BLM establishes supplementary rules under the authority of 43 CFR 8365.1-6, which allows BLM state directors to establish such rules for the protection of persons, property, and public lands and resources.  This regulatory provision allows the BLM to issue rules of less than national effect without codifying the rules in the Code of Federal Regulations.

In BLM’s California Desert District, the supplemental rules for protecting public safety and natural resources give the district’s nearly 5.5 million annual recreational visitors more consistent regulations across the district’s 11 million acres (17.2 thousand square miles).

For further information, please contact Lynnette Elser at (951) 697-5233 or


California Desert District   22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553  

Last updated: 06-08-2011