Ojito Wilderness in New Mexico. Photo by Larry Wagner and the Conservation System Alliance.
A coalition of more than 80 nonprofit conservation and other organizations, led by the Wilderness Society, is optimistic that Congress will soon pass bipartisan-backed legislation creating America’s newest conservation system — the National Landscape Conservation System.
The system of more than 26 million acres of mountains, streams, rivers, trails and historic sites could be approved as part of the The Omnibus Public Land Management Act that the Senate may consider during a lame duck session in November.
The National Landscape Conservation System is comprised of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Once signed into law, the legislation will strengthen the collection of these lands by uniting separate units into one system — ensuring consistent management and preventing any future misguided attempts to dissolve the system.