State of the National Landscape Conservation System: A First Assessment

Saturday, October 1, 2005

This first effort to assess the condition and stewardship of the Bureau of Land Management’s 26 million acre NLCS spotlights the difficulty of stretching limited staff and funding to adequately protect a diverse American treasure. To evaluate the System at the five year mark, we examine issues ranging from accountability and resource monitoring to cultural site protection and visitor management. We reviewed the stewardship and condition of 15 National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, and other special places or “units” in the System, and we determined grades on the basis of more than 35 indicators.

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