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    The Bureau of Land Management seeks public comment as it works to make its rules and regulations consistent throughout the California desert. The deadline for comments is July 26.

    Comments can be sent to Lynnette Elser at the BLM California Desert District office at 22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553. Comments can also be e-mailed to

    Interim Final Supplementary Rules for Lands Managed By the BLM California Desert District Office

    Under the authority of 43 CFR 8365.16, the California State Director, Bureau of Land Management, has issued interim final supplementary rules for public lands managed by the California Desert District (CDD).
    Federal Register Notice, 6/25/10
    Press Release, 6/25/10
    Section 1- Definitions
    BLM California Desert District means public land, managed by the BLM, totaling over 11 million acres, primarily in the southern and eastern portions of California. The California Desert District, under the authority of the District Manager, provides coordination and oversight to the five field offices of the California Desert District. The California Desert District office is located in Moreno Valley, California. This includes all of the land managed by the BLM Ridgecrest Field Office, the BLM Barstow Field Office, the BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, the BLM Needles Field Office, and the BLM El Centro Field Office. A map of this land is available at the CDD office.
    Camp means day or overnight use of a tent, trailer, motor coach, fifth wheel, camper, or similar vehicle or structure.
    Developed Sites and Areas means sites and areas that contain structures or capital improvements primarily used by the public for recreation purposes. Such sites or areas may include such features as: delineated spaces for parking, camping or boat launching; sanitary facilities; potable water; grills or fire rings; tables; or controlled access. This definition is consistent with 43 CFR part 8360.
    Off Road Vehicle (ORV) means ORV as defined by 43 CFR 8340.0-5.
    Public Nudity means nudity in a place where a person may be observed by another person.
    Nudity means nudity as defined by 14 California Code of Regulations 4322.
    Special Recreation Permit means a permit issued under the authority of 43 CFR 8372.1.

    Section 2 - Supplementary Rules
    The following rules apply on public lands administered by the BLM California Desert District unless explicitly authorized by a permit or other authorization document issued by the BLM:
    1. Public nudity is prohibited at all developed sites and areas and all ORV open areas.
    2. It is prohibited for a person to ride in or transport another person in or on a portion of an ORV or trailer that is not designed or intended for the transportation of passengers.
    3. It is prohibited to use as firewood, or have in their possession, any firewood materials containing nails, screws, or other metal hardware, including, but not limited to, wood pallets and/or construction debris.
    4. Possession of glass beverage containers is prohibited in all developed sites and areas and all ORV open areas.
    5. It is prohibited to place into the ground any non-flexible object, such as, but not limited to, metal or wood stakes, poles, or pipes, with the exception of small tent or awning stakes, at all developed sites and areas and all ORV open areas.
    6. It is prohibited to camp within the areas commonly known as Competition Hill Corridor and Competition Hill located within the Dumont Dunes ORV Area, as shown in the map at the entrance kiosk.
    7. It is prohibited to reserve or save a camping space for another person at all developed sites and areas and all ORV open areas.
    8. All persons must keep their sites free of trash and litter during the period of occupancy.
    Employees and agents of the BLM are exempt from these rules during the performance of specific official duties as authorized by the CDD Manager, or the Ridgecrest, Barstow, Needles, Palm Springs-South Coast or El Centro Field Managers.

    Section 3 Penalties
    On public lands under Section 303(a) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1733(a); 43 CFR 8360.0-7; 43 CFR 2932.57(b)), any person who violates any of these supplementary rules may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined no more than $1,000 or imprisoned for no more than 12 months, or both.
    Such violations may also be subject to the enhanced fines provided for by 18 U.S.C. 3571. Those who violate these rules may also be subject to civil action for unauthorized use of the public lands, violations of special recreation permit terms, conditions, or stipulations, or for uses beyond those allowed by the permit under 43 CFR 2932.57(b)(2).

    For further information contact: Lynette Elser, Planning and Environmental Coordinator, BLM, California Desert District Office, 22835 Calle San Juan de los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553. Phone: (951) 697-5233 or email:

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  • #2
    1. Public nudity is prohibited at all developed sites and areas and all ORV open areas.
    Where is Kurt going to camp now?:dunno:
    Check out .


    • #3
      Kurt, I feel bad for you, another one of your freedoms taken away
      To bad you cannot go wheelin in a nudist colony lol


      • #4
        [COLOR="Blue"]Thanks Doug for posting this.



        • #5
          I really like these rules, especially about bottles and pallets...except for, in all seriousness, the nudity related one. I have no personal inclination to wander around naked, but I see no reason to limit those who might want to. It's kind of a special part of the desert culture, and should not be administratively abolished.

          I do think they should better define camping though. If I am hiking, and open camping without a tent, I am not "camped" according to this description. Same thing for sleeping in my SUV. It's not a camper, but according to the definition, it would not constitute camping. I think this loophole should be fixed...or widened, but addressed in some fashion.

          My last thought is that it seems odd to have federal regulations cite state regulations. That seems backwards to me, and sets a bad precedent.

          EDIT: email sent!
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          • #6

            Thank you for posting this. I like the heads up!