BLM California Desert District to host Advisory Council meeting in April

A desert campground with shade ramadas under a steep canyon wall.

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management will host an in-person public meeting of the BLM California Desert District Advisory Council on Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. at the Comfort Suites Barstow at 2571 Fisher Blvd, Barstow, CA 92311. The meeting is open to the public with a public comment period scheduled at 1:45 p.m. The BLM will also host a field tour on Friday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and visit Stoddard Valley Off-highway Vehicle Area, Desert Discovery Center, and Sawtooth Campground.

The Desert Advisory Council meeting will include presentations on Barstow Field Office’s Business Plan, Desert Discovery Center, King of the Hammers, and special recreation permits in the Barstow Field Office. The five field offices and Fire Program will also report on their activities.   

The meeting will include a virtual option via Zoom. Meeting participants must register in advance to attend at: Upon registering, participants will receive an email including the meeting link and dial-in numbers. The public will have the opportunity to address the Desert Advisory Council during the public comment period and time for individual comments may be limited due to the number of persons wishing to speak. Written comments may also be emailed in advance of the meeting to and will be recorded in the meeting minutes.

Members of the public are welcome on the field tour, but must provide their own transportation, meals, and water. To attend the field tour, please RSVP by April 7 to Kate Miyamoto at

Advisory councils, such as the Desert Advisory Council, provide advice and recommendations for BLM consideration on resource and land-management issues within the agency. These citizen-based councils consist of 10 to 15 members from diverse interests in local communities who assist in the development of committee recommendations that address public land management issues.

The agenda for the meeting is on the BLM website at: and the agenda for the field tour is at:

For questions regarding the Desert Advisory Council meeting, contact California Desert District Public Affairs Officer Kate Miyamoto, at 760-883-8528, or by email at

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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