BLM seeks public comment for Cahuilla Ranger Station replacement

Cahuilla Ranger Station at the Imperial Sand Dunes. Photo by the BLM.

EL CENTRO, Calif. -  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) El Centro Field Office is seeking public input on a draft environmental assessment analyzing the impacts of a proposed replacement of the Cahuilla Ranger Station located in Imperial County. The new facility would better serve the needs of the public as well as BLM medical staff, law enforcement and park rangers. 

“We are excited for the construction of a new facility that will better support the OHV community and others who take advantage of the recreation opportunities within the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area,” said El Centro Field Manager Ryan Chatterton.

The proposed project would completely replace the existing ranger station located at 4500 Gecko Road, including construction of a new building, parking area and storage facility. The new 12,500-square-foot ranger station is designed to be fully accessible to people with disabilities and would include public reception and first-aid areas, restrooms, a maintenance workshop and office space for BLM employees.

The 30-day public comment period will close on Feb. 19, 2021. The BLM will evaluate comments received during the public comment period to determine if all relevant issues related to the decision-making process were identified.

For more information on the project and to review the draft environmental assessment, visit Public comments may be submitted through the website; by email to:; by fax to Attn: Alexia Williams at 760-337-4490; or by mail to Bureau of Land Management, Attn: Alexia Williams, 1661 S 4th St., El Centro, CA 92243.

Before including an address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in a comment, members of the public should be aware the entire comment, including personal identifying information, could be made publicly available at any time.  While the public may ask the BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.

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Michelle Van Der Linden