COVID-19 Updates

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Central California District Office and Mother Lode Field Office sign in front of Office building

Mother Lode Field Office

The BLM Mother Lode Field Office manages over 230,000 acres of public land in Central California. These lands are scattered within Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa,  Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Yuba counties.

Areas of interest include the Cosumnes River Preserve; Pine Hill Preserve; Red Hills Area of Critical Environmental Concern; the North Fork American and Merced Wild & Scenic Rivers; as well as highly visited recreation areas along the South Fork American River, South Yuba River and Mokelumne River.

Major programs within the office include Recreation, Geology & Minerals, Lands & Realty, Botany & Wildlife, Fire & Fuels, and Forestry.

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Click here to explore an interactive map of the Mother Lode Field Office.
Field Office Boundaries are marked in blue and different data layers are available in the top right ‘Layer List’. Some characteristics will become visible as the map is zoomed in.


Elizabeth Meyer-Shields

Field Manager


Assistant Field Manager


Mailing Address:
5152 Hillsdale Circle
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Phone: 916-941-3101
Fax: 916-941-3199
TTY/Federal Relay System: 1-800-877-8339
8:00 am-4:00 pm M-F virtual only - via email or phone. The office is temporarily closed to in-person visits.


Sheep will be arriving at Cronan Ranch on Wednesday, May 19th.  Parking lot will be CLOSED while truck is unloading sheep.

Great news!  Beginning today, Tuesday, May 18, 2021.  The South Yuba Campground is now OPEN!


Seasonal Fire Restrictions - Effective Friday, May 21, 2021 - News Release

Mother Lode Field Office - Beginning Friday, May 21, 2021 - Fire Prevention Order

For updates, a complete list of restrictions, including an interactive map, please visit the BLM California Fire Restrictions.

Fire & Fuels Hotline (916) 941-3155


Cosumnes River
-Cosumnes Visitor Center * 
-Cosumnes River Preserve

Merced River
-Briceburg Visitor Center *
-Recreation Management Area

North Fork American River
-North Fork American
-Stevens Trail

Pine Hill ACEC
-Pine Hill Preserve

Red Hills ACEC
-Recreation Management Area

South Yuba River
-South Yuba Recreation Area

South Fork American River
-Cronan Ranch
-Magnolia Ranch
-Greenwood Creek River Access
-Dave Moore Nature Area
-Old Flume Trail
-South Fork American

* Currently closed to the public.


The health and safety of our visitors and staff remains the number one priority of the Bureau of Land Management. In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local public health officials, the BLM will temporarily close select developed recreation sites in California, to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

The closure is effective immediately and will remain in effect until such time as conditions allow for safe use of the recreation areas. While certain developed recreation sites and field office lobbies are closed, dispersed camping and trails remain open and available to the public.

For a list of closures please visit our COVID-19 Update page.