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

    Statement on Interior Department recommendation on Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, July 21, 2017

    The following statement is from Scott Miller, Southwest Senior Regional Director for the Wilderness Society:

  • Tim Woody

    By passing H.R. 218 today, the U.S. House of Representatives set a dangerous precedent, approving construction of a destructive, unnecessary road through protected wilderness in the vital Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in the Alaska Peninsula.  

    This bill undermines bedrock conservation laws including the 1964 Wilderness Act, which prevents road building in designated wilderness, and the National Environmental Policy Act, which guarantees a process for environmental review of federal decisions, including participation by citizens and other stakeholders. 

  • Alex Thompson

    Today the U.S. Senate held a procedural vote for Interior’s deputy secretary nomination of David Bernhardt.

    The former California lobbyist and high-ranking staffer at Interior under President George W. Bush has a longstanding history with oil and gas companies, having pushed for the removal of impediments to drilling in land use plans and advancing energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

    The Wilderness Society issued the following statement from Melyssa Watson, vice president for conservation: