National Conservation Lands, also known as the National Landscape Conservation System

The National Conservation Lands

Established in 2000, the BLM’s National Conservation Lands (NCL) contains some of the West’s most spectacular landscapes.  National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, National Historic or Scenic Trails, Wild and Scenic Rivers, Wilderness areas, and Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) together form landscapes of the American spirit.  Congress formally recognized National Conservation Lands as the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) in statute in 2009.

confluence of Deep Creek and the Owyhee River, from canyon rim


Nationally, the NCL contains more than 900 units totaling approximately 27 million acres. 

NCL units in Idaho encompass approximately 3.5 million acres of BLM-managed public land. 

Our Strategy for the National Conservation Lands of Idaho: Protecting and conserving the national treasures of our public lands