• BLM Desert Advisory Council to Meet in Primm
    Jan 31, 2012 - The next field trip and meeting of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) California Desert Advisory Council (DAC) will be held Feb. 10-11 in Primm, Nev., just across the California-Nevada border. The council will participate in a field tour of nearby BLM-managed public lands on Friday, Feb. 10 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and meet in formal session on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Primm Valley Resort, 31900 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Primm, NV 89019.
    The meeting focus topic will be the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). Friday tour information and final agenda topics will be posted on the BLM California state website, www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/rac/dac.html.
    All DAC meetings are open to the public. The public will be invited to comment at the beginning of the meeting Saturday morning, during the presentations at the discretion of the DAC chair, and at the end of the meeting. While the meeting is tentatively scheduled to conclude at 4:30 p.m., it could wrap up earlier should the council conclude its presentations and discussions.

  • Forest Planning Rule FEIS
    Jan 23, 2012 - Today the Forest Service announced the final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the planning rule, bringing us one step closer to a new rule. It's been a long journey since we published the Notice of Intent in December 2009 and asked for your help to develop a new planning rule
  • New Forest Planning Rule Press Release
  • NPLNEWS Forest Planning Page

  • NOA for Draft EIS and Notice of Segregation for the Searchlight Wind Energy Project, Clark County, NV
    Jan 23, 2012 - Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Notice of Segregation for the Searchlight Wind Energy Project, Clark County, NV
  • Fed Register Notice
  • BLM Searchlight Wind EIS Website

  • High-Desert Corridor between Antelope and Victor Valleys Public Meetings
    Jan 18, 2012 - Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Caltrans are holding a series of public meetings regarding the High Desert Corridor is a 63-mile freeway that would run from Highway 14 in Palmdale to Highway 18 in Apple Valley. The project addresses significant regional growth; increase east-west roadway capacity and connectivity and inceaase safety.

    The agencies are hosting four community meetings to discuss updates on project aspects. Public meetings are being held in Palmdale, Adelanto and Victorville.

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 6-8pm
    Twin Lakes Community Church
    17213 Lake Los Angeles Ave
    Palmdale, CA 93591

    Thursday, January 26, 2012, 6-8pm
    Larry Chimbole Center
    38350 Sierra Highway
    Palmdale, CA 93550

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 6-8pm
    Victorville City Hall Conference Room D
    14343 Civic Drive
    Victorville, CA 92392

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 6-8pm
    Stater Brothers Stadium,
    Mavericks Conference Room
    12000 Stadium Way
    Adelanto, CA 92301

  • Check the Project Website for more info

  • FWS 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List Sierra Nevada Red Fox as Endangered or Threatened
    Jan 3, 2012 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list Sierra Nevada red fox (Vulpes vulpes necator) as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), and to designate critical habitat..Go to Federal Register Notice to comment
  • Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Kern County Takes the Lead in the DRECP Process

    Jan 6, 2012 - Southern California Counties have been asked by Sacramento and Washington, D. C. to become partners in the development of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) for Incidental Take Permits and coverage for other species and plants. This partnership is specifically with the California Energy Commission - which is the proposed permit holder. The DRECP team has been meeting since 2010 to craft a process that would lead to the development of the conservation plan. Kern County has taken the lead in recommending a broader consideration of other uses of the subject lands besides renewable energy.

    NPLNEWS has obtained a copy of a draft proposal for the counties to participate in the DRECP process. Regarding the Renewable Energy Project Developer Mitigation Fee Conservation Strategy, the draft proposal outlines the needs and urges the DRECP to engage in a useful dialogue with the stakeholders on a unique approach that could begin to assist counties in formulating a positive recommendation to their Boards of Supervisors for consideration for participation in the DRECP if energy developers are interested. There is a lot at stake here.

    Kern County has a long history of active participation in federal and state land-use planning initiatives that affect the eastern portion of the county (See the West Mojave Plan). Kern County also has one of the largest wind energy projects in California in the Mojave/Tehachapi area of the county and is known for its enormous potential for solar energy as well.

  • Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP)

  • BLM and DOI unveiled their 2016 Strategic Plan called "The 2016 Roadmap"
  • BLM HTML
  • BLM PDF
  • DOI PDF

  • BLM Seeks Comments on Development of Regulations for Competitive Leasing of Solar and Wind Energy on Public Lands
    Jan 1, 2012 - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today published in the Federal Register an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to give the public background information about the BLM’s interest in establishing an efficient, competitive process for issuing right-of-way (ROW) leases for solar and wind energy development on the public lands.
  • Website
  • PDF

  • Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Clark, Lincoln, and White Pine Counties Groundwater Development Project Right-of-Way, NV
  • Go to PDF

  • The BLM proposes to clean-up and rehabilitate the Blue Rock Mill site. The Blue Rock Mill Site is abandoned copper ore processing site within the Piper Mountains Wilderness.
  • Go to PDF

  • Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Searchlight Wind Energy Project, Clark County, NV
  • Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Searchlight Wind Energy Project, Clark County, NV

  • Go to PDF

  • Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Continental Divide-Creston Natural Gas Development Project, Wyoming
  • Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Continental Divide-Creston Natural Gas Development Project, Wyoming

  • Go to PDF

  • BLM Seeks Comments on an Environmental Assessment of Proposed Mining in El Paso Mountains
  • The Bureau of Land Management has issued an environmental assessment on California Portland Cement’s LaPozz Project proposal to mine a layer of hard siliceous rock from 34 acres of public land in the El Paso Mountains of eastern Kern County, Calif.

  • Go to EA

  • Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Pima County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan; Pima County, AZ
  • Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Pima County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan; Pima County, AZ

  • Go to PDF

  • Solar Energy Zones
  • BLM Issues Proposal to Continue Protections on Lands Approved for Solar Energy Zones

  • Go to Press Release PDF
  • Go to CA Map PDF
  • Go to FACTS PDF

  • McCoy Solar Energy Project, CA
  • Notice of Availability of a Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed McCoy Solar Energy Project, CA

  • Go to PDF

  • Owners of Unpatented Mining Claims
  • The purpose of this letter is to alert persons who own unpatented mining claims which were located before August 10, 1993, of the consequences of an error in the drafting of the Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2012.

  • Go to PDF

  • Land Acquisitions; North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California
  • December 3, 2012 SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs made a final agency determination to acquire approximately 305.49 acres of land in trust for gaming purposes for the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California on November 26, 2012.

  • Go to PDF

  • Impact Report for the Proposed Stateline Solar Farm, San Bernardino County, CA and Draft California Desert Conservation Area Land Use Plan Amendments
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan Amendment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the Stateline Solar Farm Project (Stateline) and by this notice is announcing the opening of the comment period.

  • Go to PDF

  • Obama Administration Releases Roadmap for Solar Energy Development on Public Lands
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department of the Interior, in partnership with the Department of Energy, will publish the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for solar energy development in six southwestern states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. The final Solar PEIS represents a major step forward in the permitting of utility-scale solar energy on public lands throughout the west.

  • Go to BLM Newsroom
  • Go to PDF

  • Salazar Approves Transmission Line for Campo Verde Solar Project
  • WASHINGTON, DC – As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today approved construction of the transmission line for First Solar’s Campo Verde Solar energy project, which will cross public lands southwest of El Centro, California.

  • Go to BLM Newsroom
  • Go to PDF

  • Obama Administration Approves Roadmap for Utility-Scale Solar Energy Development on Public Lands
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to expand domestic energy production, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today finalized a program for spurring development of solar energy on public lands in six western states. The Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for solar energy development provides a blueprint for utility-scale solar energy permitting in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah by establishing solar energy zones with access to existing or planned transmission, incentives for development within those zones, and a process through which to consider additional zones and solar projects.

  • Go to BLM Newsroom
  • Go to PDF

  • BLM Schedules Collaborative Workshops for the El Paso and Ridgecrest Travel Management Subregions
  • The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has scheduled four public workshops for the El Paso and Ridgecrest travel management subregions within the West Mojave Planning Area.

  • Go to WEMO El Paso Mountains Documents
  • Go to BLM

  • Freedom of Information Act Regulations
  • This rule would revise the regulations that the Department follows in processing records under the Freedom of Information Act (‘‘FOIA’’).

  • Go to Federal Register

  • Notice of Public Meetings for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Legislative Environmental Impact Statement for Renewal of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake Public Land Withdrawal, California
  • Go to China Lake Federal Notice

  • Notice of Public Meetings for the Draft Legislative Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Renewal of the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range Land Withdrawal, California.
  • This article has a comment period that ends in 81 days (11/30/2012)

  • The Draft LEIS is available at the Project Web Site
  • Go to Chocolate Mountain Federal Notice

  • The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced two scoping meetings to initiate environmental review of the proposed generation-interconnection (gen-tie) transmission line for the Rio Mesa Solar Project in Riverside County, approximately 13 miles southwest of Blythe, Calif. The meetings will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13, in Palm Desert and Blythe. The first meeting will be at the UCR Palm Desert Center Auditorium, 75080 Frank Sinatra Dr., Palm Desert, CA 92211, from noon until 2 p.m. The second will be held at Palo Verde College, One College Drive, Blythe, CA 92225, from 6 to 8 p.m.


  • The Department of the Interior, in partnership with the Department of Energy, will publish the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for solar energy development in six southwestern states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. The final Solar PEIS represents a major step forward in the permitting of utility-scale solar energy on public lands throughout the west.

  • Go to BLM Notice
  • Go to Solar PEIS Documents

  • Bureau of Land Management Extends Public Comment Period for Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

  • Go to BLM Notice

  • In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs is seeking comments on the survey instrument for the collection of information for the American Indian and Alaska Native Population and Labor Force Report.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Taos Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Pursuant to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regulations, the BLM is segregating approximately 3,399.76 acres of public lands located in the State of Arizona

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed McCoy Solar Energy Project and Possible Land Use Plan Amendment, Riverside County, CA

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Public Notice of an Unsolicited Request for a Transmission Cable Right-of-Way Grant Supporting Renewable Energy, Request for Submission of Indications of Competitive Interest, and Request for Public Comment.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Lake County, OR; Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, (Proposed New Information Collection—The Declaration Process: Requests for Damage Assessment, Federal Disaster Assistance, Appeals, Cost Share Adjustment)

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Notice of Availability of the San Diego Gas & Electric Ocotillo Sol Solar Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft California Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendment, Imperial County, CA

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Death Valley NP Announces Public Scoping Period for Saline Valley Warm Springs Management Plan
  • Please see Desert Protection Act 1994 in our library and Death Valley 2012 Superintendent's Compendium at http://www.nps.gov/deva/parkmgmt/upload/2012-Compendium.pdf
    The BLM was also added as a Cooperating Agency in the Scoping Process although we have not seen it in print as of yet. Input by the public is always best when served with knowledge.

  • Go to http://www.nps.gov/deva/parknews/saline-valley-scoping.htm
  • Go to https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/06/05/2012-13612/saline-valley-warm-springs-management-planenvironmental-impact-statement-death-valley-national-park

  • BLM current NEPA compliance & Projects Application Data Base

  • Go to California NEPA documents that are currently being developed or have recently been completed

  • BLM Seeks Public Comments on Proposal to Re-Activate the Bishop Mill in Inyo County
  • May 8, 2012- The Bureau of Land Management’s Bishop Field Office is requesting public scoping comments on a proposal to re-activate the Bishop Mill in northern Inyo County. The BLM has received a Plan of Operations on the proposal to reactivate the mill and is taking public comments. In order to be included in the environmental analysis, written comments must be received by June 4. The Bishop Mill is located on public approximately 9 miles northeast of Bishop, 2 miles west of Rudolph Ranch/White Mountain Estates, 4 miles northwest of Laws, and 4.5 miles south of Chalfant.

    A copy of the proposed Plan of Operations for the Bishop Mill Project is available public for review at the BLM Bishop Field Office, 351 Pacu Lane, Suite 100, Bishop. The BLM will prepare an environmental assessment to identify and evaluate the project-related environmental impacts that would result from re-activation of the Bishop Mill under the proposed Plan of Operations.

    The public is invited to provide written comments on issues and alternatives to be considered in this environmental review process. Written comments should be addressed to the Bureau of Land Management, Bishop Field Office, 351 Pacu Lane, Suite 100, Bishop, CA, 93514. Comments may also be submitted via email to BLM_CA_Bishop_Public_Comment@blm.gov; Subject: Bishop Mill Project.


  • BLM Issues Draft Haiwee Geothermal Environmental Study for Public Comment
  • May 4, 2012 - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and draft California Desert Conservation Area plan amendment for the Haiwee Geothermal Leasing Area (HGLA). The study analyzes proposed geothermal exploration and development on public lands managed by the BLM north of Ridgecrest, Calif. in the Rose Valley of southwestern Inyo County. Two public meetings will be scheduled in June to gather public comments on the DEIS. Dates and locations of the meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance.

    The HGLA consists of approximately 22,805 acres of BLM-administered public lands, including nearly 4,460 acres subject to three pending geothermal lease applications that would be authorized under the proposed action. The DEIS analyzes the potential environmental, social, and economic effects of several alternatives and issues raised during the public scoping process.


  • Bridger-Teton National Forest; Wyoming; Long Term Special Use Authorization for Wyoming Game and Fish Commission To Use National Forest System Land for Their Winter Elk Management Programs
  • Apr 23, 2012 - The Bridger-Teton National Forest received a request from the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission (WGFC) to continue to use facilities at Alkali Creek Feedground to conduct their winter elk feeding and related management programs.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Six Rivers National Forest, Gasquet Ranger District, California, The Smith River National Recreation Area Restoration and Motorized Travel Management Project.

    Apr 20, 2012 - The Six Rivers National Forest proposes to make limited changes to the National Forest Transportation System (NFTS) on the Gasquet Ranger District in order to: provide motorized access to dispersed recreation opportunities; provide a diversity of motorized recreation opportunities; to provide for administrative needs, and; to reduce ecological and cultural resource risk and maintenance costs. In addition, inventoried unauthorized routes (UAR) that pose a risk to ecological resources will be restored to reduce risk to resources.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Notice of Availability of the Proposed John Day Basin Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement, Oregon.
  • Apr 20, 2012 - In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the John Day Basin planning area and by this notice is announcing its availability.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Administrative Organizational Assessment Draft Report, Organizational Streamlining of BIA and BIE, and BIE Topics
  • Apr 17, 2012 - The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) will be adding three tribal consultation sessions to the previously scheduled sessions. The additional sessions will focus on the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Education (ED) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) to improve American Indian and Alaska Native education.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Draft EIS for Solar Project, Riverside, CA
  • Apr 18, 2012 - Notice of Availability of the Draft enXco Desert Harvest Solar Farm Project Environmental Impact Statement, Riverside County, CA and the Draft California Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendment.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Regulations
  • Apr 18, 2012 - The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) is responsible for implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, including the issuance of appropriate regulations implementing and interpreting its provisions.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Pan Gold Mine EIS, NV

    Apr 16, 2012 - Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Pan Gold Mine, NV.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Blad Mtn Gold Mine EIS, NV
  • Apr 16, 2012 - Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Bald Mountain Mine North and South Operations Area Projects, White Pine County, NV.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Migratory Bird Proposed Rules
  • Apr 16, 2012 - Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed 2012–13 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations (Preliminary) With Requests for Indian Tribal Proposals and Requests for 2014 Spring and Summer Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest Proposals in Alaska.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Eagle Permits; Changes in the Regulations Governing Eagle Permitting
  • Apr 13, 2012 - The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 668–668d) (Eagle Act) prohibits take of bald eagles and golden eagles except pursuant to Federal regulations. The Eagle Act regulations at title 50, part 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), define the ‘‘take’’ of an eagle to include the following broad range of actions: ‘‘pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, destroy, molest, or disturb’’ (§ 22.3). The FWS propose to revise the regulations for permits for non-purposeful take of golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) and bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) where the take is associated with, but not the purpose of, an activity.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Eagle Permits; Revisions to Regulations Governing Take Necessary To Protect Interests in Particular Localities
  • Apr 13, 2012 - We request comments and suggestions and encourage the submission of new ideas, materials, recommendations, and arguments from the public; ornithological organizations; environmental organizations; corporations; local, State, tribal, and Federal agencies; and any other interested party. Please ensure that the comments pertain only to the issues presented in this advance notice of proposed rulemaking.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Amend the Resource Management Plan for the Rawlins Field Office and Associated Environmental Assessment, WY
    Apr 11, 2012 - Notice of Intent To Amend the Resource Management Plan for the Rawlins Field Office and Associated Environmental Assessment, Wyoming
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • National Forest System Land Management Planning-Final Decision
    Apr 9, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is adopting a new National Forest System land management planning rule (planning rule). The new planning rule guides the development, amendment, and revision of land management plans for all units of the National Forest System (NFS), consisting of 155 national forests, 20 grasslands, and 1 prairie.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • BLM-DRECP Draft EIS and CDCA Plan Amendment (PA)
    Apr 4, 2012 - Notice of Amendment to the Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, Including Kern, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Inyo, Riverside, Imperial, and San Diego Counties; and Possible Land Use Plan Amendments.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Western Area Power Administration Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Southline Transmission Line Project in New Mexico and Arizona (DOE/EIS–0474) and Possible Land Use Plan Amendments
    Apr 4, 2012 - In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District Office, Las Cruces, New Mexico, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing the impacts of the proposed Southline Transmission Line Project (Project), a 345-kilovolt (kV) and 230-kV transmission line, and addressing associated potential land use plan amendments.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Request for comments- Proposed Information Collection; Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines- Wind Energy - Fisheries and Habitat Conservation and Migratory Birds Programs;
    Apr 2, 2012 - The Department of the Interior invite comments concerning this information collection on:

  • Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
  • The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection of information;
  • Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and more
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Wind Energy - Fisheries and Habitat Conservation and Migratory Birds Programs; Final Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines
    Mar 27, 2012 - The Department of the Interior announced the availability of the final voluntary Land- Based Wind Energy Guidelines (Guidelines). These Guidelines supersede the Service’s 2003 voluntary interim guidelines for land-based wind energy development.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Gasco Energy Inc. Uinta Basin Natural Gas Development Project, Uintah County, UT
    Mar 19, 2012 - Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Gasco Energy Inc. Uinta Basin Natural Gas Development Project, Uintah County, UT
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed KRoad Moapa Solar Generation Facility, Clark County, NV
    Mar 19, 2012 - Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed KRoad Moapa Solar Generation Facility, Clark County, NV
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • BLM Schedules Public Scoping Meetings on Proposed BLM/Tribe Land Exchange
    Feb 23, 2012 - Two public scoping meeting regarding a proposed land exchange between the Bureau of Land Management and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians will be held in Palm Springs next month.
    The first meeting is scheduled for March 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Spa Hotel, 100 North Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. A second public scoping meeting will be held on March 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262.
    The public is asked to identify relevant issues that will determine the scope, including alternatives, of an Environmental Impact Statement to be prepared for the proposed exchange, which would occur within the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. In addition to comments made at the public scoping meetings, written statements identifying relevant issues will be accepted through April 27, 2012. They should be sent to Field Manager, BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262, or via e-mail to AguaCalienteExchange@blm.gov.
    On July 27, 2010, the BLM released an environmental assessment addressing effects of the proposed land exchange for public review and comment. Based on comments submitted to the BLM and upon further internal review, BLM determined that preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement would best address the potentially significant effects of the proposed exchange. Public scoping to identify relevant issues is part of the EIS process.
    In October 1999, the Tribe and the BLM entered into an agreement to coordinate and cooperate in the management of federal lands within and outside the external boundaries of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation that were within the then proposed national monument. The Tribe and the BLM agreed to meet annually to identify specific resource management, land tenure adjustments, and joint management goals, including implementation of a memorandum of understanding for acquisition and exchange of lands within the proposed monument.
    For more information regarding the proposed land exchange between the BLM and the Tribe, please contact Jim Foote, Monument Manager, at (760) 833-7136.
  • BLM announced that it is hosting public meetings in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming to answer questions about and solicit comments on its oil shale and tar sands Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft PEIS). The meetings will be held at 7 p.m. at the locations and dates listed below:
    Monday, March 12, 2012 BLM Colorado River Valley Office
    2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, Colorado
    7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012
    Westin Plaza Hotel
    1684 West Highway 40, Vernal, Utah
    7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012
    Grand America Hotel
    555 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, Utah
    7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

    Thursday, March 15, 2012
    BLM Rock Springs Field Office
    280 Highway 191 North, Rock Springs, Wyoming
    7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

    BLM officials will be on hand to take written comments and assist with the commenting process. The Draft PEIS is being prepared by the BLM to assess a range of management alternatives for future oil-shale and tar-sands activities on public lands. The Notice of Availability of the Draft PEIS was issued in the Federal Register on February 3, 2012. A 90-day public comment period began that day and will close on May 4, 2012.

    Written comments on the Draft PEIS should be submitted by May 4 using an online comment form on the Draft PEIS Website at http://ostseis.anl.gov. This is the preferred method for commenting. Comments may also be submitted by regular mail to: Oil Shale and Tar Sands Draft Programmatic EIS, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, EVS 240, Argonne, IL 60439.


  • Pattern Energy Group’s Ocotillo Express Wind Energy Project EIS
    Mar 8, 2012 - Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement and Final Environmental Impact Report for the Pattern Energy Group’s Ocotillo Express Wind Energy Project and Proposed California Desert Conservation Area Land Use Plan Amendment, Imperial County, CA
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Notice of Intent To Revise Resource Management Plans and an Associated Environmental Impact Statement for Six Western Oregon Districts
    Mar 8, 2012 - Notice of Intent To Revise Resource Management Plans and an Associated Environmental Impact Statement for Six Western Oregon Districts.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Notice of Intent To Prepare a Master Leasing Plan, UT
    Mar 6, 2012 - Notice of Intent To Prepare a Master Leasing Plan, Amendments to the Resource Management Plans for the Moab and Monticello Field Offices, and an Associated Environmental Impact Statement.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Oil Shale Tar Sands Federal Land Allocation PEIS
    Mar 2, 2012 - The Department of the Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendments and a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) for the Allocation of Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources on Lands Administered by the BLM in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Notice of Segregation of Public Lands in the State of Arizona Associated With the Proposed Mohave County Wind Farm Project, Mohave County, AZ
    Mar 2, 2012 - Notice of Segregation of Public Lands in the State of Arizona Associated With the Proposed Mohave County Wind Farm Project, Mohave County, AZ
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Notice of Segregation of Public Landsin the State of Arizona Associated With the Proposed Quartzsite Solar Energy Project, La Paz County, AZ
    Mar 2, 2012 - Notice of Segregation of Public Lands in the State of Arizona Associated With the Proposed Quartzsite Solar Energy Project, La Paz County, AZ
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • National Forests Added and Comment Period Formally Extended on Planning for Sage-Grouse Conservation Measures
    Feb 12, 2012 - In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will issue a corrected Notice of Intent to address sage-grouse in 10 additional National Forest System Lands and Resource Management Plans and formally extended the comment period through March 23, 2012.
  • Go to Public Notice

  • Removal of the Noxious Weed Tamarisk on the Los Padres National Forest, CA
    Feb 21, 2012 - Los Padres National Forest: California; Environmental Impact Statement for the Removal of the Noxious Weed Tamarisk on the Los Padres National Forest
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • ADAMS v. UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE - Recreation Enhancement Act Ruling
    Feb 21, 2012 - The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA) prohibits the United States Forest Service from charging fees [s]olely for parking, undesignated parking, or picnicking along roads or trailsides, for hiking through · without using the facilities and services, and [f]or camping at undeveloped sites· 16 U.S.C. § 6802(d)(1) (A), (D) & (E)
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF
  • Go to FS Website
  • Go to 2010 CRS Report on REA PDF
  • Go to 2006 CRS Report on REA PDF
  • Go to 2005 CRS Report on REA PDF

  • Mitsubishi South Quarry Expansion Project, San Bernardino National Forest, CA
    Feb 21, 2012 - Mitsubishi Cement Corporation is submitting to the San Bernardino National Forest and San Bernardino County, for permitting, a Plan of Operations and Reclamation Plan for the South Quarry
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Restoration Design Energy Project Draft EIS, AZ
    Feb 17, 2012 - Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Restoration Design Energy Project and Land Use Plan Amendments. The RDEP supports the Secretary of the Interior's goals to build America's new energy future and to protect and restore treasured landscapes. The purpose of the RDEP is to conduct statewide planning that fosters environmentally responsible production of solar and wind energy and allows the permitting of future solar and wind energy development projects to proceed in a more efficient and standardized manner.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Workshop to be held February 22 for Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System Project
    Feb 17, 2012 - The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop for the proposed Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System Project.
    When: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Where: California Energy Commission, Second Floor Conference Room Fishbowl, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California
    The workshop is being held so that staff, the applicant, intervenors, interested agencies, and the public can discuss technical areas including biological resources, visual resources, and other subjects.
  • Go to Website

  • Segregation of Public Lands - Ocotillo Xpress Wind, CA
    Feb 14, 2012 - The Department of the Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a Notice of Segregation of Public Lands for the Pattern Energy Group Ocotillo Express Wind Energy Project, Imperial County, CA.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Agua Caliente Solar Energy Zone in Yuma County, AZ
    Feb 14, 2012 - The Department of the Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a Notice of Segregation of Public Lands Agua Caliente Solar Energy Zone in Yuma County, AZ.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Offshore Commercial Wind Leasing and Site Assessment Activities on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf - NE United States.
    Feb 4, 2012 - The Department of the Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to identify areas that may be most suitable for wind energy leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
    BOEM is seeking public input regarding the identification of the alternatives to be considered in the EA, as well as the environmental and/or socioeconomic issues to be analyzed.
    More info can be found Here
  • Go to Federal Register NoticePDF

  • BLM Desert Advisory Council to Meet in Primm

  • Jan 31, 2012 - The next field trip and meeting of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) California Desert Advisory Council (DAC) will be held Feb. 10-11 in Primm, Nev., just across the California-Nevada border. The council will participate in a field tour of nearby BLM-managed public lands on Friday, Feb. 10 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and meet in formal session on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Primm Valley Resort, 31900 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Primm, NV 89019.
    The meeting focus topic will be the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). Friday tour information and final agenda topics will be posted on the BLM California state website, www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/rac/dac.html.
    All DAC meetings are open to the public. The public will be invited to comment at the beginning of the meeting Saturday morning, during the presentations at the discretion of the DAC chair, and at the end of the meeting. While the meeting is tentatively scheduled to conclude at 4:30 p.m., it could wrap up earlier should the council conclude its presentations and discussions.
  • Forest Planning Rule FEIS
    Jan 23, 2012 - Today the Forest Service announced the final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the planning rule, bringing us one step closer to a new rule. It's been a long journey since we published the Notice of Intent in December 2009 and asked for your help to develop a new planning rule
  • New Forest Planning Rule Press Release
  • NPLNEWS Forest Planning Page

  • NOA for Draft EIS and Notice of Segregation for the Searchlight Wind Energy Project, Clark County, NV
    Jan 23, 2012 - Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Notice of Segregation for the Searchlight Wind Energy Project, Clark County, NV
  • Fed Register Notice
  • BLM Searchlight Wind EIS Website

  • High-Desert Corridor between Antelope and Victor Valleys Public Meetings
    Jan 18, 2012 - Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Caltrans are holding a series of public meetings regarding the High Desert Corridor is a 63-mile freeway that would run from Highway 14 in Palmdale to Highway 18 in Apple Valley. The project addresses significant regional growth; increase east-west roadway capacity and connectivity and inceaase safety.
  • Check the Project Website for more info

  • FWS 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List Sierra Nevada Red Fox as Endangered or Threatened
    Jan 3, 2012 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list Sierra Nevada red fox (Vulpes vulpes necator) as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), and to designate critical habitat..Go to Federal Register Notice to comment
  • Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Kern County Takes the Lead in the DRECP Process

    Jan 6, 2012 - Southern California Counties have been asked by Sacramento and Washington, D. C. to become partners in the development of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) for Incidental Take Permits and coverage for other species and plants. This partnership is specifically with the California Energy Commission - which is the proposed permit holder. The DRECP team has been meeting since 2010 to craft a process that would lead to the development of the conservation plan. Kern County has taken the lead in recommending a broader consideration of other uses of the subject lands besides renewable energy.

    NPLNEWS has obtained a copy of a draft proposal for the counties to participate in the DRECP process. Regarding the Renewable Energy Project Developer Mitigation Fee Conservation Strategy, the draft proposal outlines the needs and urges the DRECP to engage in a useful dialogue with the stakeholders on a unique approach that could begin to assist counties in formulating a positive recommendation to their Boards of Supervisors for consideration for participation in the DRECP if energy developers are interested. There is a lot at stake here.

    Kern County has a long history of active participation in federal and state land-use planning initiatives that affect the eastern portion of the county (See the West Mojave Plan). Kern County also has one of the largest wind energy projects in California in the Mojave/Tehachapi area of the county and is known for its enormous potential for solar energy as well.

  • Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP)

  • BLM and DOI unveiled their 2016 Strategic Plan called "The 2016 Roadmap"
  • BLM HTML
  • BLM PDF
  • DOI PDF

  • BLM Seeks Comments on Development of Regulations for Competitive Leasing of Solar and Wind Energy on Public Lands
    Jan 1, 2012 - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today published in the Federal Register an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to give the public background information about the BLM’s interest in establishing an efficient, competitive process for issuing right-of-way (ROW) leases for solar and wind energy development on the public lands.
  • Website
  • PDF

  • West Mojave Plan Amendment Public Meeting for BLM OHV Routes
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), California Desert District, announced its intent to prepare an environmental document to analyze a proposed plan amendment and alternatives covering the management of motorized vehicles on public lands in the West Mojave (WEMO) area.
  • Website
  • Fed Register Notice
  • White Paper
  • 2012 Public Meetings:

    Jan 9, 2012, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, BLM Barstow Field Office Zone 1: I-15 to I- 40, Afton, Broadwell, E of Barstow

    Jan 18, 2012, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, Kerr-McGee Center Zone 2: N. Ridgecrest: N. Searles, S. Searles, Darwin, and Sierra

    Jan 26, 2012, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, BLM Barstow Field Office Zone 3: South and East of SR 247, Juniper, Rattlesnake, Joshua Tree, Wonder Valley

    Feb 6, 2012, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, Kerr-McGee Center Zone 4: Jawbone, Middle Knob, Lancaster

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, BLM Barstow Field Office Zone 5: N of I-15/SR 58 DWMA ACEC in Barstow FO (7 sub regions)

    Feb 14, 2012, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, BLM Barstow Field Office Zone 6: S of SR 58 / W of I-15: El Mirage, Kramer Hills, And Iron Mtn

    Feb 16, 2012, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, Kerr-McGee Center Zone 7: Ridgecrest, El Paso, Red Mtn, Rand Mtns

    Feb 21, 2012, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, BLM Barstow Field Office Zone 8: S of I 140/E. of I -15 Pisgah, Ord Mtn, Newberry-Roadman, Johnson Valley, Stoddard


  • Desert Xpress High-Speed Rail

  • Nov 17, 2011 - Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the DesertXpress Enterprises, LLC High-Speed Passenger Train Project
  • Fed Register Notice

  • West Mojave Plan Amendment Public Meeting for BLM OHV Routes
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), California Desert District, announced its intent to prepare an environmental document to analyze a proposed plan amendment and alternatives covering the management of motorized vehicles on public lands in the West Mojave (WEMO) area.
  • Website
  • Fed Register Notice

  • Final Directives for Forest Service Wind Energy Special Use Authorizations, Forest Service
    The Forest Service is amending its internal directives for special use authorizations and wildlife monitoring. The amendments provide direction and guidance specific to wind energy projects on National Forest System (NFS) lands.
  • PDF      HTML

  • West Mojave Supplemental Maps
    The supplemental map includes the current legal motorized road and trail network in limited use areas on Bureau of Land Management public lands in the West Mojave Planning Area.
  • Website

  • Forest Service Planning Rule
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing a new planning rule to guide land and resource management planning for all units of the National Forest System (NFS) under the National Forest Management Act of 1976. The proposed rule sets forth process and content requirements to guide the development, amendment, and revision of land management plans to maintain, protect, and restore NFS lands while providing for sustainable multiple uses, including ecosystem services, so that NFS lands continuously provide ecosystem functions and contribute to social and economic sustainability. Planning under the proposed rule would be collaborative and science-based with the responsible official required to take the best available scientific information into account and provide opportunities for public participation throughout the planning process. The Agency is requesting public comment on the proposed rule and on the alternatives that are described and evaluated in the accompanying draft environmental impact statement (DEIS). Readers are invited to comment on each section of the proposed rule and on how provisions in the DEIS alternatives compare with the proposed rule. The Agency will carefully consider all public comments in preparing the final rule.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • Forest Service
    The Sequoia National Forest proposes to develop a travel management plan for the Piute Mountains, located in northeast Kern County, California. The Piute Mountains, with a mixed conifer and pine forest, are included in the eastside Sierra Nevada ecosystem. The project area for this analysis includes 77,679 acres of National Forest System land in the Piute Mountains part of the Sequoia National Forest. There are an additional 7,170 acres of private land within the Piute Mountains. The Piute fire burned

    Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • Draft Northern Arizona Proposed Withdrawal Environmental Impact Statement
    On July 21, 2009, the Department of the Interior published notice of the Secretary of the Interior's (Secretary) proposal to withdraw (proposed withdrawal) approximately 1 million acres of National Forest System lands and public lands in northern Arizona from location and entry under the Mining Law of 1872, (30 U.S.C. 22-54) (Mining Law), subject to valid existing rights. The purpose of the withdrawal, if determined to be appropriate, would be to protect the Grand Canyon watershed from adverse effects of locatable hardrock mineral exploration and mining.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • Senator Feinstein Introduces S. 138 The California Desert Protection Act of 2011
    Feb 5, 2011 - California Desert Protection Act of 2011 - Amends the California Desert Protection Act of 1994 to, among other things: (1) establish or designate national monuments, wilderness areas, a special management area, and off-highway vehicle recreation areas; (2) release specified wilderness study areas; (3) adjust national park and preserve boundaries; and (4) specify land withdrawals, exchanges, and acquisitions.

    Amends the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate specified segments of rivers and creeks as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

  • Click to read the bill HTML

  • Solar Energy Public Meetings in Six Southwestern States
    Jan 14, 2011-Public meetings on solar energy development DEIS in Six Southwestern States.
  • Public Meeting Page

  • Renewable/Pacific Wind Development Tule Wind Project, San Diego, CA
    Jan 4, 2011-Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Iberdrola Renewable/Pacific Wind Development Tule Wind Project and San Diego Gas and Electric's East County Substation Project, San Diego County, CA
  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States
    Dec 17, 2010-Notice of Availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States and Notice of Public Meetings
  • Go to Press Release HTML
  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • NOA for Draft EIS and Notice of Segregation for the Searchlight Wind Energy Project, Clark County, NV
    Jan 23, 2012 - Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Notice of Segregation for the Searchlight Wind Energy Project, Clark County, NV
  • Fed Register Notice
  • BLM Searchlight Wind EIS Website

  • Golden Eagles; Programmatic Take Permit Application; Draft Environmental Assessment; West Butte Wind Project, Crook and Deschutes Counties, OR
    Jan 3, 2012 - We have received an application under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) from West Butte Wind Power, LLC, for a programmatic permit for the take of golden eagles. If issued, the permit would be the first programmatic permit issued under our new permitting regulations. We invite public comment on a draft environmental assessment (DEA), which evaluates alternatives for this permit application.
  • Fed Register Notice
  • Draft Environmental Assessment

  • Quaking Aspen Wind Energy Project
    Nov 8, 2011 - Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Quaking Aspen Wind Energy Project, Wyoming, and Notice of Segregation of Public Lands
  • Fed Register Notice

  • Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Abengoa Solar Inc., Lathrop Wells Solar Facility, Amargosa Valley, Nye County, NV
    July 15, 2010-Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Abengoa Solar Inc., Lathrop Wells Solar Facility, Amargosa Valley, Nye County, NV
  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Over The RiverTM Art Project, Colorado
    July 16, 2010-Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Over The RiverTM Art Project, Colorado
  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed North Steens Transmission Line Project in Harney County, OR
    July 16, 2010-Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed North Steens Transmission Line Project in Harney County, OR
  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • Notice of Temporary Closures on Public Lands in Northwestern Elko County, NV
    July 12, 2010-Notice of Temporary Closures on Public Lands in Northwestern Elko County, NV
  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • Notice of Realty Action
    July 8, 2010-Notice of Realty Action: Proposed Direct Sale of Public Land, Chaves County, NM
  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • Intermountain Region, Boise, Payette, and Sawtooth National Forests; ID; Amendment to the 2003 Land and Resource Management Plans: Wildlife Conservation Strategy (Forested Biological Community)
    July 6, 2010-Intermountain Region, Boise, Payette, and Sawtooth National Forests; ID; Amendment to the 2003 Land and Resource Management Plans: Wildlife Conservation Strategy (Forested Biological Community)
  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • Notice of Final Supplementary Rules for Public Lands in Colorado: McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area
    July 2, 2010-Notice of Final Supplementary Rules for Public Lands in Colorado: McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area
  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • Notice of Availability of Record of Decision for the Approved Pony Express Resource Management Plan Amendment
    July 1, 2010-Notice of Availability of Record of Decision for the Approved Pony Express Resource Management Plan Amendment; UNEV Refined Liquid Petroleum Products Pipeline Environmental Impact Statement
  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • Notice of Intent To Amend the Grand Junction Resource Management Plan, Prepare an Environmental Assessment, and Notice of Realty Action, Colorado
    Jan 13, 2011-Notice of Intent To Amend the Grand Junction Resource Management Plan, Prepare an Environmental Assessment, and Notice of Realty Action, Colorado
  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • Notice of Availability of the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Cortez Hills Expansion Project, Lander County, NV
    Jan 14, 2011-Notice of Availability of the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Cortez Hills Expansion Project, Lander County, NV.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • Buckhorn Exploration Project 2010, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Okanogan County, Washington
    Dec 28, 2010 - On November 26, 2010, the Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, in cooperation with the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and Washington Department of Ecology (WADOE), announced the intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposal by Echo Bay Exploration, Inc. (Echo Bay) to explore their mineral holdings northeast of Tonasket, Washington (FR 72781, Vol. 75, No. 227).
  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • TransWest Express 600 kV Direct Current Transmission Project in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada
    Jan 4, 2011 - Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the TransWest Express 600 kV Direct Current Transmission Project in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada (DOE/EIS-0450), and Notice of Potential for Land Use Plan Amendments.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Clark, Lincoln, and White Pine Counties Groundwater Development Project Right-of-Way, NV
  • Go to PDF

  • Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Lake County, OR; Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Pima County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan; Pima County, AZ
  • Go to PDF

  • Pan Gold Mine EIS, NV

    Apr 16, 2012 - Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Pan Gold Mine, NV.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Notice of Availability of the Proposed John Day Basin Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement, Oregon.
  • Apr 20, 2012 - In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the John Day Basin planning area and by this notice is announcing its availability.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Notice of Intent To Prepare a Master Leasing Plan, UT
    Mar 6, 2012 - Notice of Intent To Prepare a Master Leasing Plan, Amendments to the Resource Management Plans for the Moab and Monticello Field Offices, and an Associated Environmental Impact Statement.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • NOA for Draft EIS and Notice of Segregation for the Searchlight Wind Energy Project, Clark County, NV
    Jan 23, 2012 - Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Notice of Segregation for the Searchlight Wind Energy Project, Clark County, NV
  • Fed Register Notice
  • BLM Searchlight Wind EIS Website

  • Notice of Intent To Revise Resource Management Plans and an Associated Environmental Impact Statement for Six Western Oregon Districts
    Mar 8, 2012 - Notice of Intent To Revise Resource Management Plans and an Associated Environmental Impact Statement for Six Western Oregon Districts.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF


  • Jan 3, 2012 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list Sierra Nevada red fox (Vulpes vulpes necator) as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), and to designate critical habitat..Go to Federal Register Notice to comment
  • Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Searchlight Wind Energy Project, Clark County, NV
  • Go to PDF

  • In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs is seeking comments on the survey instrument for the collection of information for the American Indian and Alaska Native Population and Labor Force Report.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Pursuant to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regulations, the BLM is segregating approximately 3,399.76 acres of public lands located in the State of Arizona

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Blad Mtn Gold Mine EIS, NV
  • Apr 16, 2012 - Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Bald Mountain Mine North and South Operations Area Projects, White Pine County, NV.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • BLM and DOI unveiled their 2016 Strategic Plan called "The 2016 Roadmap"
  • BLM HTML
  • BLM PDF
  • DOI PDF

  • Western Area Power Administration Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Southline Transmission Line Project in New Mexico and Arizona (DOE/EIS–0474) and Possible Land Use Plan Amendments
    Apr 4, 2012 - In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Cruces District Office, Las Cruces, New Mexico, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing the impacts of the proposed Southline Transmission Line Project (Project), a 345-kilovolt (kV) and 230-kV transmission line, and addressing associated potential land use plan amendments.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Bridger-Teton National Forest; Wyoming; Long Term Special Use Authorization for Wyoming Game and Fish Commission To Use National Forest System Land for Their Winter Elk Management Programs
  • Apr 23, 2012 - The Bridger-Teton National Forest received a request from the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission (WGFC) to continue to use facilities at Alkali Creek Feedground to conduct their winter elk feeding and related management programs.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Obama Administration Releases Roadmap for Solar Energy Development on Public Lands
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department of the Interior, in partnership with the Department of Energy, will publish the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for solar energy development in six southwestern states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. The final Solar PEIS represents a major step forward in the permitting of utility-scale solar energy on public lands throughout the west.

  • Go to BLM Newsroom
  • Go to PDF

  • Golden Eagles; Programmatic Take Permit Application; Draft Environmental Assessment; West Butte Wind Project, Crook and Deschutes Counties, OR
    Jan 3, 2012 - We have received an application under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) from West Butte Wind Power, LLC, for a programmatic permit for the take of golden eagles. If issued, the permit would be the first programmatic permit issued under our new permitting regulations. We invite public comment on a draft environmental assessment (DEA), which evaluates alternatives for this permit application.
  • Fed Register Notice
  • Draft Environmental Assessment

  • Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed KRoad Moapa Solar Generation Facility, Clark County, NV
    Mar 19, 2012 - Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed KRoad Moapa Solar Generation Facility, Clark County, NV
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the Taos Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced two scoping meetings to initiate environmental review of the proposed generation-interconnection (gen-tie) transmission line for the Rio Mesa Solar Project in Riverside County, approximately 13 miles southwest of Blythe, Calif. The meetings will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13, in Palm Desert and Blythe. The first meeting will be at the UCR Palm Desert Center Auditorium, 75080 Frank Sinatra Dr., Palm Desert, CA 92211, from noon until 2 p.m. The second will be held at Palo Verde College, One College Drive, Blythe, CA 92225, from 6 to 8 p.m.


  • Draft Northern Arizona Proposed Withdrawal Environmental Impact Statement
    On July 21, 2009, the Department of the Interior published notice of the Secretary of the Interior's (Secretary) proposal to withdraw (proposed withdrawal) approximately 1 million acres of National Forest System lands and public lands in northern Arizona from location and entry under the Mining Law of 1872, (30 U.S.C. 22-54) (Mining Law), subject to valid existing rights. The purpose of the withdrawal, if determined to be appropriate, would be to protect the Grand Canyon watershed from adverse effects of locatable hardrock mineral exploration and mining.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • Amend the Resource Management Plan for the Rawlins Field Office and Associated Environmental Assessment, WY
    Apr 11, 2012 - Notice of Intent To Amend the Resource Management Plan for the Rawlins Field Office and Associated Environmental Assessment, Wyoming
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Owners of Unpatented Mining Claims
  • The purpose of this letter is to alert persons who own unpatented mining claims which were located before August 10, 1993, of the consequences of an error in the drafting of the Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2012.

  • Go to PDF

  • National Forest System Land Management Planning-Final Decision
    Apr 9, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is adopting a new National Forest System land management planning rule (planning rule). The new planning rule guides the development, amendment, and revision of land management plans for all units of the National Forest System (NFS), consisting of 155 national forests, 20 grasslands, and 1 prairie.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Freedom of Information Act Regulations
  • This rule would revise the regulations that the Department follows in processing records under the Freedom of Information Act (‘‘FOIA’’).

  • Go to Federal Register

  • BLM Issues Draft Haiwee Geothermal Environmental Study for Public Comment
  • May 4, 2012 - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and draft California Desert Conservation Area plan amendment for the Haiwee Geothermal Leasing Area (HGLA). The study analyzes proposed geothermal exploration and development on public lands managed by the BLM north of Ridgecrest, Calif. in the Rose Valley of southwestern Inyo County. Two public meetings will be scheduled in June to gather public comments on the DEIS. Dates and locations of the meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance.

    The HGLA consists of approximately 22,805 acres of BLM-administered public lands, including nearly 4,460 acres subject to three pending geothermal lease applications that would be authorized under the proposed action. The DEIS analyzes the potential environmental, social, and economic effects of several alternatives and issues raised during the public scoping process.


  • Forest Planning Rule FEIS
    Jan 23, 2012 - Today the Forest Service announced the final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the planning rule, bringing us one step closer to a new rule. It's been a long journey since we published the Notice of Intent in December 2009 and asked for your help to develop a new planning rule
  • New Forest Planning Rule Press Release
  • NPLNEWS Forest Planning Page

  • Death Valley NP Announces Public Scoping Period for Saline Valley Warm Springs Management Plan
  • Please see Desert Protection Act 1994 in our library and Death Valley 2012 Superintendent's Compendium at http://www.nps.gov/deva/parkmgmt/upload/2012-Compendium.pdf
    The BLM was also added as a Cooperating Agency in the Scoping Process although we have not seen it in print as of yet. Input by the public is always best when served with knowledge.

  • Go to http://www.nps.gov/deva/parknews/saline-valley-scoping.htm
  • Go to https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/06/05/2012-13612/saline-valley-warm-springs-management-planenvironmental-impact-statement-death-valley-national-park

  • BLM current NEPA compliance & Projects Application Data Base

  • Go to California NEPA documents that are currently being developed or have recently been completed

  • Impact Report for the Proposed Stateline Solar Farm, San Bernardino County, CA and Draft California Desert Conservation Area Land Use Plan Amendments
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a Draft California Desert Conservation Area (CDCA) Plan Amendment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the Stateline Solar Farm Project (Stateline) and by this notice is announcing the opening of the comment period.

  • Go to PDF

  • BLM-DRECP Draft EIS and CDCA Plan Amendment (PA)
    Apr 4, 2012 - Notice of Amendment to the Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, Including Kern, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Inyo, Riverside, Imperial, and San Diego Counties; and Possible Land Use Plan Amendments.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Request for comments- Proposed Information Collection; Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines- Wind Energy - Fisheries and Habitat Conservation and Migratory Birds Programs;
    Apr 2, 2012 - The Department of the Interior invite comments concerning this information collection on:

  • Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
  • The accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection of information;
  • Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and more
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Wind Energy - Fisheries and Habitat Conservation and Migratory Birds Programs; Final Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines
    Mar 27, 2012 - The Department of the Interior announced the availability of the final voluntary Land- Based Wind Energy Guidelines (Guidelines). These Guidelines supersede the Service’s 2003 voluntary interim guidelines for land-based wind energy development.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • BLM Schedules Public Scoping Meetings on Proposed BLM/Tribe Land Exchange
    Feb 23, 2012 - Two public scoping meeting regarding a proposed land exchange between the Bureau of Land Management and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians will be held in Palm Springs next month.
    The first meeting is scheduled for March 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Spa Hotel, 100 North Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. A second public scoping meeting will be held on March 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262.
    The public is asked to identify relevant issues that will determine the scope, including alternatives, of an Environmental Impact Statement to be prepared for the proposed exchange, which would occur within the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. In addition to comments made at the public scoping meetings, written statements identifying relevant issues will be accepted through April 27, 2012. They should be sent to Field Manager, BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262, or via e-mail to AguaCalienteExchange@blm.gov.
    On July 27, 2010, the BLM released an environmental assessment addressing effects of the proposed land exchange for public review and comment. Based on comments submitted to the BLM and upon further internal review, BLM determined that preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement would best address the potentially significant effects of the proposed exchange. Public scoping to identify relevant issues is part of the EIS process.
    In October 1999, the Tribe and the BLM entered into an agreement to coordinate and cooperate in the management of federal lands within and outside the external boundaries of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation that were within the then proposed national monument. The Tribe and the BLM agreed to meet annually to identify specific resource management, land tenure adjustments, and joint management goals, including implementation of a memorandum of understanding for acquisition and exchange of lands within the proposed monument.
    For more information regarding the proposed land exchange between the BLM and the Tribe, please contact Jim Foote, Monument Manager, at (760) 833-7136.
  • Pattern Energy Group’s Ocotillo Express Wind Energy Project EIS
    Mar 8, 2012 - Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement and Final Environmental Impact Report for the Pattern Energy Group’s Ocotillo Express Wind Energy Project and Proposed California Desert Conservation Area Land Use Plan Amendment, Imperial County, CA
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • McCoy Solar Energy Project, CA
  • Notice of Availability of a Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed McCoy Solar Energy Project, CA

  • Go to PDF

  • Land Acquisitions; North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California
  • December 3, 2012 SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs made a final agency determination to acquire approximately 305.49 acres of land in trust for gaming purposes for the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California on November 26, 2012.

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  • Oil Shale Tar Sands Federal Land Allocation PEIS
    Mar 2, 2012 - The Department of the Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) Amendments and a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) for the Allocation of Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources on Lands Administered by the BLM in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Notice of Segregation of Public Lands in the State of Arizona Associated With the Proposed Mohave County Wind Farm Project, Mohave County, AZ
    Mar 2, 2012 - Notice of Segregation of Public Lands in the State of Arizona Associated With the Proposed Mohave County Wind Farm Project, Mohave County, AZ
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Notice of Segregation of Public Landsin the State of Arizona Associated With the Proposed Quartzsite Solar Energy Project, La Paz County, AZ
    Mar 2, 2012 - Notice of Segregation of Public Lands in the State of Arizona Associated With the Proposed Quartzsite Solar Energy Project, La Paz County, AZ
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Agua Caliente Solar Energy Zone in Yuma County, AZ
    Feb 14, 2012 - The Department of the Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a Notice of Segregation of Public Lands Agua Caliente Solar Energy Zone in Yuma County, AZ.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Restoration Design Energy Project Draft EIS, AZ
    Feb 17, 2012 - Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Restoration Design Energy Project and Land Use Plan Amendments. The RDEP supports the Secretary of the Interior's goals to build America's new energy future and to protect and restore treasured landscapes. The purpose of the RDEP is to conduct statewide planning that fosters environmentally responsible production of solar and wind energy and allows the permitting of future solar and wind energy development projects to proceed in a more efficient and standardized manner.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Workshop to be held February 22 for Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System Project
    Feb 17, 2012 - The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop for the proposed Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System Project.
    When: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Where: California Energy Commission, Second Floor Conference Room Fishbowl, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California
    The workshop is being held so that staff, the applicant, intervenors, interested agencies, and the public can discuss technical areas including biological resources, visual resources, and other subjects.
  • Go to Website

  • Segregation of Public Lands - Ocotillo Xpress Wind, CA
    Feb 14, 2012 - The Department of the Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a Notice of Segregation of Public Lands for the Pattern Energy Group Ocotillo Express Wind Energy Project, Imperial County, CA.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • National Forests Added and Comment Period Formally Extended on Planning for Sage-Grouse Conservation Measures
    Feb 12, 2012 - In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will issue a corrected Notice of Intent to address sage-grouse in 10 additional National Forest System Lands and Resource Management Plans and formally extended the comment period through March 23, 2012.
  • Go to Public Notice

  • Removal of the Noxious Weed Tamarisk on the Los Padres National Forest, CA
    Feb 21, 2012 - Los Padres National Forest: California; Environmental Impact Statement for the Removal of the Noxious Weed Tamarisk on the Los Padres National Forest
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • BLM announced that it is hosting public meetings in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming to answer questions about and solicit comments on its oil shale and tar sands Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft PEIS). The meetings will be held at 7 p.m. at the locations and dates listed below:
    Monday, March 12, 2012 BLM Colorado River Valley Office
    2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, Colorado
    7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012
    Westin Plaza Hotel
    1684 West Highway 40, Vernal, Utah
    7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012
    Grand America Hotel
    555 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, Utah
    7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

    Thursday, March 15, 2012
    BLM Rock Springs Field Office
    280 Highway 191 North, Rock Springs, Wyoming
    7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

    BLM officials will be on hand to take written comments and assist with the commenting process. The Draft PEIS is being prepared by the BLM to assess a range of management alternatives for future oil-shale and tar-sands activities on public lands. The Notice of Availability of the Draft PEIS was issued in the Federal Register on February 3, 2012. A 90-day public comment period began that day and will close on May 4, 2012.

    Written comments on the Draft PEIS should be submitted by May 4 using an online comment form on the Draft PEIS Website at http://ostseis.anl.gov. This is the preferred method for commenting. Comments may also be submitted by regular mail to: Oil Shale and Tar Sands Draft Programmatic EIS, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, EVS 240, Argonne, IL 60439.


  • Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed McCoy Solar Energy Project and Possible Land Use Plan Amendment, Riverside County, CA

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Desert Xpress High-Speed Rail

  • Nov 17, 2011 - Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision for the DesertXpress Enterprises, LLC High-Speed Passenger Train Project
  • Fed Register Notice

  • Quaking Aspen Wind Energy Project
    Nov 8, 2011 - Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Quaking Aspen Wind Energy Project, Wyoming, and Notice of Segregation of Public Lands
  • Fed Register Notice

  • Solar Energy Public Meetings in Six Southwestern States
    Jan 14, 2011-Public meetings on solar energy development DEIS in Six Southwestern States.
  • Public Meeting Page

  • West Mojave Plan Amendment Public Meeting for BLM OHV Routes
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), California Desert District, announced its intent to prepare an environmental document to analyze a proposed plan amendment and alternatives covering the management of motorized vehicles on public lands in the West Mojave (WEMO) area.
  • Website
  • Fed Register Notice

  • Final Directives for Forest Service Wind Energy Special Use Authorizations, Forest Service
    The Forest Service is amending its internal directives for special use authorizations and wildlife monitoring. The amendments provide direction and guidance specific to wind energy projects on National Forest System (NFS) lands.
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  • West Mojave Supplemental Maps
    The supplemental map includes the current legal motorized road and trail network in limited use areas on Bureau of Land Management public lands in the West Mojave Planning Area.
  • Website

  • BLM Seeks Public Comments on Proposal to Re-Activate the Bishop Mill in Inyo County
  • May 8, 2012- The Bureau of Land Management’s Bishop Field Office is requesting public scoping comments on a proposal to re-activate the Bishop Mill in northern Inyo County. The BLM has received a Plan of Operations on the proposal to reactivate the mill and is taking public comments. In order to be included in the environmental analysis, written comments must be received by June 4. The Bishop Mill is located on public approximately 9 miles northeast of Bishop, 2 miles west of Rudolph Ranch/White Mountain Estates, 4 miles northwest of Laws, and 4.5 miles south of Chalfant.

    A copy of the proposed Plan of Operations for the Bishop Mill Project is available public for review at the BLM Bishop Field Office, 351 Pacu Lane, Suite 100, Bishop. The BLM will prepare an environmental assessment to identify and evaluate the project-related environmental impacts that would result from re-activation of the Bishop Mill under the proposed Plan of Operations.

    The public is invited to provide written comments on issues and alternatives to be considered in this environmental review process. Written comments should be addressed to the Bureau of Land Management, Bishop Field Office, 351 Pacu Lane, Suite 100, Bishop, CA, 93514. Comments may also be submitted via email to BLM_CA_Bishop_Public_Comment@blm.gov; Subject: Bishop Mill Project.


  • The BLM proposes to clean-up and rehabilitate the Blue Rock Mill site. The Blue Rock Mill Site is abandoned copper ore processing site within the Piper Mountains Wilderness.
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  • BLM Seeks Comments on an Environmental Assessment of Proposed Mining in El Paso Mountains
  • The Bureau of Land Management has issued an environmental assessment on California Portland Cement’s LaPozz Project proposal to mine a layer of hard siliceous rock from 34 acres of public land in the El Paso Mountains of eastern Kern County, Calif.

  • Go to EA

  • Six Rivers National Forest, Gasquet Ranger District, California, The Smith River National Recreation Area Restoration and Motorized Travel Management Project.

    Apr 20, 2012 - The Six Rivers National Forest proposes to make limited changes to the National Forest Transportation System (NFTS) on the Gasquet Ranger District in order to: provide motorized access to dispersed recreation opportunities; provide a diversity of motorized recreation opportunities; to provide for administrative needs, and; to reduce ecological and cultural resource risk and maintenance costs. In addition, inventoried unauthorized routes (UAR) that pose a risk to ecological resources will be restored to reduce risk to resources.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Administrative Organizational Assessment Draft Report, Organizational Streamlining of BIA and BIE, and BIE Topics
  • Apr 17, 2012 - The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) will be adding three tribal consultation sessions to the previously scheduled sessions. The additional sessions will focus on the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Education (ED) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) to improve American Indian and Alaska Native education.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Draft EIS for Solar Project, Riverside, CA
  • Apr 18, 2012 - Notice of Availability of the Draft enXco Desert Harvest Solar Farm Project Environmental Impact Statement, Riverside County, CA and the Draft California Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendment.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • West Mojave Plan Amendment Public Meeting for BLM OHV Routes
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), California Desert District, announced its intent to prepare an environmental document to analyze a proposed plan amendment and alternatives covering the management of motorized vehicles on public lands in the West Mojave (WEMO) area.
  • Website
  • Fed Register Notice
  • White Paper
  • 2012 Public Meetings:

    Jan 9, 2012, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, BLM Barstow Field Office Zone 1: I-15 to I- 40, Afton, Broadwell, E of Barstow

    Jan 18, 2012, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, Kerr-McGee Center Zone 2: N. Ridgecrest: N. Searles, S. Searles, Darwin, and Sierra

    Jan 26, 2012, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, BLM Barstow Field Office Zone 3: South and East of SR 247, Juniper, Rattlesnake, Joshua Tree, Wonder Valley

    Feb 6, 2012, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, Kerr-McGee Center Zone 4: Jawbone, Middle Knob, Lancaster

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, BLM Barstow Field Office Zone 5: N of I-15/SR 58 DWMA ACEC in Barstow FO (7 sub regions)

    Feb 14, 2012, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, BLM Barstow Field Office Zone 6: S of SR 58 / W of I-15: El Mirage, Kramer Hills, And Iron Mtn

    Feb 16, 2012, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, Kerr-McGee Center Zone 7: Ridgecrest, El Paso, Red Mtn, Rand Mtns

    Feb 21, 2012, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, BLM Barstow Field Office Zone 8: S of I 140/E. of I -15 Pisgah, Ord Mtn, Newberry-Roadman, Johnson Valley, Stoddard


  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Regulations
  • Apr 18, 2012 - The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) is responsible for implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, including the issuance of appropriate regulations implementing and interpreting its provisions.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Migratory Bird Proposed Rules
  • Apr 16, 2012 - Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed 2012–13 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations (Preliminary) With Requests for Indian Tribal Proposals and Requests for 2014 Spring and Summer Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest Proposals in Alaska.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Eagle Permits; Changes in the Regulations Governing Eagle Permitting
  • Apr 13, 2012 - The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 668–668d) (Eagle Act) prohibits take of bald eagles and golden eagles except pursuant to Federal regulations. The Eagle Act regulations at title 50, part 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), define the ‘‘take’’ of an eagle to include the following broad range of actions: ‘‘pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, destroy, molest, or disturb’’ (§ 22.3). The FWS propose to revise the regulations for permits for non-purposeful take of golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) and bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) where the take is associated with, but not the purpose of, an activity.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • High-Desert Corridor between Antelope and Victor Valleys Public Meetings
    Jan 18, 2012 - Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Caltrans are holding a series of public meetings regarding the High Desert Corridor is a 63-mile freeway that would run from Highway 14 in Palmdale to Highway 18 in Apple Valley. The project addresses significant regional growth; increase east-west roadway capacity and connectivity and inceaase safety.
  • Check the Project Website for more info

  • Solar Energy Zones
  • BLM Issues Proposal to Continue Protections on Lands Approved for Solar Energy Zones

  • Go to Press Release PDF
  • Go to CA Map PDF
  • Go to FACTS PDF

  • Eagle Permits; Revisions to Regulations Governing Take Necessary To Protect Interests in Particular Localities
  • Apr 13, 2012 - We request comments and suggestions and encourage the submission of new ideas, materials, recommendations, and arguments from the public; ornithological organizations; environmental organizations; corporations; local, State, tribal, and Federal agencies; and any other interested party. Please ensure that the comments pertain only to the issues presented in this advance notice of proposed rulemaking.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Salazar Approves Transmission Line for Campo Verde Solar Project
  • WASHINGTON, DC – As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today approved construction of the transmission line for First Solar’s Campo Verde Solar energy project, which will cross public lands southwest of El Centro, California.

  • Go to BLM Newsroom
  • Go to PDF

  • Obama Administration Approves Roadmap for Utility-Scale Solar Energy Development on Public Lands
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. - As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to expand domestic energy production, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today finalized a program for spurring development of solar energy on public lands in six western states. The Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for solar energy development provides a blueprint for utility-scale solar energy permitting in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah by establishing solar energy zones with access to existing or planned transmission, incentives for development within those zones, and a process through which to consider additional zones and solar projects.

  • Go to BLM Newsroom
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  • li>Public Notice of an Unsolicited Request for a Transmission Cable Right-of-Way Grant Supporting Renewable Energy, Request for Submission of Indications of Competitive Interest, and Request for Public Comment.
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, (Proposed New Information Collection—The Declaration Process: Requests for Damage Assessment, Federal Disaster Assistance, Appeals, Cost Share Adjustment)

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Notice of Availability of the San Diego Gas & Electric Ocotillo Sol Solar Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft California Desert Conservation Area Plan Amendment, Imperial County, CA

  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • BLM Seeks Comments on Development of Regulations for Competitive Leasing of Solar and Wind Energy on Public Lands
    Jan 1, 2012 - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today published in the Federal Register an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to give the public background information about the BLM’s interest in establishing an efficient, competitive process for issuing right-of-way (ROW) leases for solar and wind energy development on the public lands.
  • Website
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  • Forest Service Planning Rule
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing a new planning rule to guide land and resource management planning for all units of the National Forest System (NFS) under the National Forest Management Act of 1976. The proposed rule sets forth process and content requirements to guide the development, amendment, and revision of land management plans to maintain, protect, and restore NFS lands while providing for sustainable multiple uses, including ecosystem services, so that NFS lands continuously provide ecosystem functions and contribute to social and economic sustainability. Planning under the proposed rule would be collaborative and science-based with the responsible official required to take the best available scientific information into account and provide opportunities for public participation throughout the planning process. The Agency is requesting public comment on the proposed rule and on the alternatives that are described and evaluated in the accompanying draft environmental impact statement (DEIS). Readers are invited to comment on each section of the proposed rule and on how provisions in the DEIS alternatives compare with the proposed rule. The Agency will carefully consider all public comments in preparing the final rule.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • Forest Service
    The Sequoia National Forest proposes to develop a travel management plan for the Piute Mountains, located in northeast Kern County, California. The Piute Mountains, with a mixed conifer and pine forest, are included in the eastside Sierra Nevada ecosystem. The project area for this analysis includes 77,679 acres of National Forest System land in the Piute Mountains part of the Sequoia National Forest. There are an additional 7,170 acres of private land within the Piute Mountains. The Piute fire burned

    Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.

  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States
    Dec 17, 2010-Notice of Availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States and Notice of Public Meetings
  • Go to Press Release HTML
  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • Notice of Public Meetings for the Draft Legislative Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Renewal of the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range Land Withdrawal, California.
  • This article has a comment period that ends in 81 days (11/30/2012)

  • The Draft LEIS is available at the Project Web Site
  • Go to Chocolate Mountain Federal Notice

  • The Department of the Interior, in partnership with the Department of Energy, will publish the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for solar energy development in six southwestern states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. The final Solar PEIS represents a major step forward in the permitting of utility-scale solar energy on public lands throughout the west.

  • Go to BLM Notice
  • Go to Solar PEIS Documents

  • Bureau of Land Management Extends Public Comment Period for Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

  • Go to BLM Notice

  • Renewable/Pacific Wind Development Tule Wind Project, San Diego, CA
    Jan 4, 2011-Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Iberdrola Renewable/Pacific Wind Development Tule Wind Project and San Diego Gas and Electric's East County Substation Project, San Diego County, CA
  • Go to Federal Register Notice HTML

  • Mitsubishi South Quarry Expansion Project, San Bernardino National Forest, CA
    Feb 21, 2012 - Mitsubishi Cement Corporation is submitting to the San Bernardino National Forest and San Bernardino County, for permitting, a Plan of Operations and Reclamation Plan for the South Quarry
  • Go to Federal Register Notice PDF

  • Offshore Commercial Wind Leasing and Site Assessment Activities on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf - NE United States.
    Feb 4, 2012 - The Department of the Interior's (DOI) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to identify areas that may be most suitable for wind energy leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
    BOEM is seeking public input regarding the identification of the alternatives to be considered in the EA, as well as the environmental and/or socioeconomic issues to be analyzed.
    More info can be found Here
  • Go to Federal Register NoticePDF

  • BLM Desert Advisory Council to Meet in Primm

  • Jan 31, 2012 - The next field trip and meeting of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) California Desert Advisory Council (DAC) will be held Feb. 10-11 in Primm, Nev., just across the California-Nevada border. The council will participate in a field tour of nearby BLM-managed public lands on Friday, Feb. 10 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and meet in formal session on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Primm Valley Resort, 31900 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Primm, NV 89019.
    The meeting focus topic will be the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). Friday tour information and final agenda topics will be posted on the BLM California state website, www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/rac/dac.html.
    All DAC meetings are open to the public. The public will be invited to comment at the beginning of the meeting Saturday morning, during the presentations at the discretion of the DAC chair, and at the end of the meeting. While the meeting is tentatively scheduled to conclude at 4:30 p.m., it could wrap up earlier should the council conclude its presentations and discussions.

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