BLM Special Areas are unique public lands that are part of the National Landscape Conservation system, or NLCS. The NLCS was established in 2000 to recognize and protect some of the West’s most spectacular landscapes. To be included in the NLCS, an area must be an officially designated National Monument, National Conservation Area, National Historic or Scenic Trail, Wild and Scenic River, Wilderness Area or Wilderness Study Area.
Eastern Nevada’s public lands have many other exceptional areas that are highly prized for their scenic and recreational values. However, they are not part of the NLCS because they have not been nationally designated by either the President or Congress.