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BLM schedules public scoping meetings
on amending DRECP

February 13, 2018
(updated 3/6/2018) by Lisbet Thoresen
Public Lands Representative for San Diego Mineral & Gem Society, Inc.
Chair, PLAC-South, California Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc.



Comment Period Deadline: March 22, 2018
Rockhounds, get your name on a letter…

BLM opened a 45-day comment period on February 2nd. Rockhounds have until March 22nd to submit letters. Read more about why amending DRECP is unnecessary and could be bad for Rockhounds ». Download a FAQs sheet »

To ensure continued access to hobby collecting areas in California's deserts, BLM needs to hear from Rockhound advocates. SDMG has prepared a detailed comment letter. If you or your club would like to sign onto our letter, download a "how to" flyer with instructions and links to additional resources at: (short URL).

Want to write your own letter? Download a flyer with tips for writing effective comments »


Eight dates,
Eight locations,
One chance
to end the DRECP Review
before it starts.

Rockhounds, we did it before, we have to do it again. Come to a meeting, sign-in, fill out the questionnaire. We have to tell BLM all over again where we go in the desert and why we love going there.

Mon, February 26, 2018
5pm - 7pm

Location: Lone Pine Film History Museum
701 S Main St
Lone Pine, CA 93545


Tue, February 27, 2018
5pm - 7pm

Location: Kerr-McGee Community Center
100 W. California Ave
Ridgecrest, CA 93555


Wed, February 28, 2018
5pm - 7pm

Location: Courtyard Marriott
9619 Mariposa Rd.
Hesperia, CA 92345


Thu, March 1, 2018
6pm - 8pm

Location: Joshua Tree Community Center
6171 Sunburst Ave
Joshua Tree, CA 92252


Fri, March 2, 2018
3pm - 5pm
Location: Fairfield Inn & Suites
503 E. Danenberg Dr.
El Centro, CA 92243


Mon, March 5, 2018
1pm - 3pm

Location: DoubleTree Hotel
2001 Point West Way
Sacramento, CA 95815


Tue, March 6, 2018
5pm - 7pm

Location: Bakersfield Field Office
3801 Pegasus Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93308


Wed, March 7, 2018
5pm - 7pm

Location: UC Riverside
Palm Desert Center, Auditorium
75080 Frank Sinatra Dr.
Palm Desert, CA 92211


Be sure to double check
the meeting location & time
on the BLM website
shortly before the meeting date: (short URL)

For more information
on BLM's public scoping meetings, contact:

Stephen Razo
BLM California Desert District External Affairs
951-697-5217 or



February 26 thru March 7, 2018
Rockhounds, your presence is requested.

Lone Pine, Ridgecrest,
Hesperia, Joshua Tree, Palm Desert, El Centro,
Sacramento and Bakersfield
(see dates and addresses below)


Amending DRECP could be a threat to hobby collecting


The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is the largest land use plan amendment in California state history. It took 8+ years and tough compromises by everyone to conclude the whole painful process so that implementation of something that balanced conflicting values over multiple uses, preservation concerns, and renewable energy goals through 2030 could finally commence. Thanks to lots of input from hobby collecting advocates, Rockhounds benefited at the expense of the Renewable Energy Industry. BLM is now under enormous pressure from Industry advocates with support from Executive Order 13783 to throw out DRECP and start all over. A do-over is sure to result in lands designated for recreational uses -- including Rockhounding -- being made available to industrial development. (See maps below.)


It is important for Rockhounds to attend the public meetings scheduled in February and March and tell BLM why the Review is unnecessary and why it's bad for Rockhounds.


Left: DRECP Preferred Alternative Plan, February 2015. The magenta-colored areas show Development Focus Areas (DFAs) targeted as areas potentially available for utility-scale renewable energy projects.
Right: Some DFAs in the Preferred Alternative Plan (left) were modified in the final DRECP Record of Decision (right) in 2016 to accommodate Rockhounds.


Comment period ends: March 22, 2018
Submit comment letters
on the DRECP Review

  • BLM-California State Director
    2800 Cottage Way
    Rm W-1623
    Sacramento, CA 95825

  • Written comments also are accepted electronically at:


For more information on DRECP, contact:

Jeremiah Karuzas
Renewable Energy Lead
2800 Cottage Way
Rm W-1623
Sacramento, CA 95825

916-978-4644 or

If you or your club would like help preparing a comment letter or, better, if you'd like to sign onto SDMG's detailed comment letter, download SDMG's flyer on DRECP resources and instructions -- see page 2, it's only 2 easy steps.


Some documents and resources on the DRECP Review

Flyer with FAQS on DRECP and tips for writing effective comments on BLM's proposed Review »

BLM Press Release on DRECP Review (2/1/18)

Federal Register notice on the DRECP Review (2/2/18) (short url)
(Federal Register Document Citation: 83 FR 4921
Docket Number 2018-02098)

BLM's schedule of public meetings on DRECP (2/8/18)

Flyer with instructions on how to sign onto SDMG's comment letter on the DRECP Review
and links to additional resources at: (short URL)



Cite this article: L. Thoresen. 13 February 2018. BLM schedules public scoping meetings on amending DRECP. San Diego Mineral & Gem Society, Inc. [updated on 6 March 2018] Available online at:

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