BLM Conservation Lands

Some of the country’s most spectacular scenery and most valuable natural and cultural treasures can be found in the National Landscape Conservation System, also known as Conservation Lands.

Conservation Lands are America’s newest system of conservation and are managed by the Bureau of Land Management. As the crown jewels of all BLM lands, the National Landscape Conservation System plays a critical role in the heritage and economies of the western landscape.

Maps

Where are these Conservation Lands? This series of maps illustrates the location of these treasures within the public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

National Landscape Conservation System

These lands offer world-class outdoor recreation opportunities for hikers, paddlers, climbers and hunters in addition to outstanding cultural, ecological and scientific values. When the BLM prioritizes conservation of natural and cultural resources, as was intended by the creation of this system, we can be sure that these benefits are available for generations to come.

Threats and challenges

The Conservation System faces many challenges: it is understaffed, underfunded and vulnerable to shifting political priorities. Its lands and waters are threatened by development, vandalism and neglect as well. Reducing threats to BLM Conservation Lands is a priority for The Wilderness Society.

Management and guidance

How the BLM manages its Conservation Lands can impact how well they are preserved. We're working to make sure the BLM makes the right decisions about these great western landscapes. 

Publications and communication

Learn more about the National Landscape Conservation System through our blogs, press releases, reports and publications. 

Helpful links

 

  • Michael Reinemer

    Citing some of “the most beautiful and iconic landscapes on earth” in Teton County’s backyard, the board of commissioners Tuesday morning unanimously passed a resolution that “opposes any and all efforts by the State of Wyoming to obtain the wholesale transfer of federal lands in Wyoming” to the state. In January, Sweetwater County filed a letter with the state legislature stating similar opposition to measures that would turn over federal public lands—such as parks, wilderness, and national forests—to state jurisdiction and management.

  • Tim Woody

    In spite of Royal Dutch Shell’s disastrous performance during the 2012 Arctic Ocean drilling season, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today conditionally approved the company’s 2015 exploration plan, which provides even fewer safeguards for the Chukchi Sea and its sensitive coastline than Shell had in place three years ago. Shell also plans to bring a different rig operated by a new contractor to the Arctic Ocean in 2015, which could result in unexpected transport and drilling problems.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society strongly supports bipartisan legislation, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 (S. 235, H.R. 167), to fix a budgetary problem called “fire borrowing.”  This is a destructive cycle in which the Forest Service is forced to take funds from other forest programs when its allotted wildfire funds are used up, essentially robbing Peter to pay Paul to put out fires in our national forests.