How to Work with the Bureau of Land Management in California
How? By engaging companies, communities and organizations who are qualified to implement geothermal, solar and wind energy generation projects on public lands -- and 261 million acres of public lands are available for consideration across the country.
Federal and state agencies have guidelines for working with small businesses and nonprofit agencies that can result in job opportunities, contracts and collaborative conservation projects. We hope you will check in with them for opportunities in the renewable energy, recreation, and natural resources conservation work that can benefit from your creative support.
Partner with the BLMThe Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has a long history of managing property and collaborating with communities and other partners to help manage almost 261 million acres of public lands.
These publicly owned lands are managed for multiple uses in three broad categories:
The BLM/California web site is a place where BLM, its partners, and the public can find information and tools to help foster the understanding and skills necessary for successful, collaborative partnerships with communities of place and interest.
Resources for working with the BLM
2008 Knowing Your Nonprofit Partners: A Desk Guide for Federal EmployeesThis Desk Guide helps Federal employees become better partners with the nonprofit world. The Guide is divided into 4 sections: 1) about nonprofit organizations; 2) working with nonprofit organizations; 3) challenges and potential solutions; and 4) additional resources.
Western Collaboration Assistance Network (WestCAN)AWestCAN provides practical help to federal public land management agency employees and nonprofit, community organizations working together on conservation issues. The Western Collaboration Assistance Network (WestCAN) offers personalized assistance through a toll-free information line (1-866-774-4633) and an on-line resource library at http://www.westcanhelp.org.
2007 BLM Collaboration Desk GuidePrinciples, desired outcomes, and useful practices to help Federal agencies use a collaborative process.
BLM Energy Programs in CaliforniaThe BLM has recently received a large number of utility-scale solar energy right-of-way applications, mainly in California, Nevada, and Arizona.
Responding to this increased interest in solar energy development, the BLM is refining the processing right-of-way (ROW) applications for solar energy projects on public lands. Existing solar energy applications are being processed under the BLM's Solar Energy Policy (04/04/2007).
The BLM's existing solar energy policy:
The Energy Commission and the BLM are also conducting a joint California Environmental Quality Act and National Energy Policy Act review of applications for solar thermal plants 50 megawatts and larger on BLM-managed lands in California.
Handling Proposals to Build Soalr and Renewable Energy ProjectsThe BLM, now faced with at least 130 proposals to build solar and other renewable energy projects in California's deserts, has stopped accepting new right-of-way applications for solar projects until it completes a joint programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) with the DOE.
The PEIS will help balance the rising demand to tap renewable energy resources in California's arid areas while maintaining desert land as habitat for plants and animals.
The California Energy Commission will coordinate the participation of state government agencies with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Solar Energy Development on California's Public LandsPublic meetings have been held in six western states, including California, to analyze the feasibility of solar energy development on public lands. The goals were:
Bureau of Land Management
California State Office
2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-1623
Sacramento, CA 95825-1886
Phone: (916) 978-4400
Fax: (916) 978-4416
TDD (916) 978-4419
BLM has California Field Offices in:
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