National Landscape Conservation System
The Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands, also known as the National Landscape Conservation System, contain some of the West's most spectacular landscapes. It includes over 886 federally recognized areas and approximately 27 million acres of National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Scenic and Historic Trails, and Conservation Lands of the California Desert. The National Landscape Conservation System program focuses on the opportunities and management needs of these national treasures.
Oregon/Washington National Landscape Conservation System 3-year Strategy: Fiscal Years 2013-2015
The Oregon/Washington National Conservation Lands state-level strategy tiers to the Bureau of Land Management's 15-year National strategy published in 2011. It represents an integral step toward implementing the goals of the national strategy by connecting national emphasis with state focus and local action. The report covers several elements including: Ensuring the Conservation, Protection, and Restoration of National Conservation Lands Values; collaboratively Managing the National Conservation Lands as Part of the Larger Landscape; raising Awareness of the Value and Benefits of the BLM's National Conservation Lands; and building upon BLM's Commitment to Conservation.
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was designated on June 9, 2000, marking the first national monument in the United States set aside solely to protect biodiversity. These ecologically distinct regions support an unusual richness of species: some rare, some endangered, and some endemic (found only here). The monument protects this important biological crossroads and recognizes the integral role that each species plays in maintaining healthy ecosystems on which we all depend. more>>>
National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers living history demonstrations, interpretive programs, exhibits, multi-media presentations, special events, and more than four miles of interpretive trails. more>>>
Oregon Badlands Wilderness
A venture into the Oregon Badlands Wilderness is an experience of ancient junipers, volcanic vistas, and sand underfoot. You can explore cracked volcanic pressure ridges, called tumuli, or walk narrow moat-like cracks in the ground. Traces of human history are visible to the careful observer. At 29,000 acres, the Oregon Badlands Wilderness represents an outstanding example of ancient western juniper woodlands atop Columbia River Basalts. more>>>
Pacific Northwest Trail
From the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, the Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT) is a unique hiking experience, offering a variety of back-country scenery and outdoor adventure. The 1200-mile Pacific Northwest Trail, running from the Continental Divide to the Pacific Ocean, ranks among the most scenic trails in the world. The PNT crosses 3 National Parks and 7 National Forests, and ends at the Pacific Ocean, on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. On Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands, this trail meanders through areas rich in Native American and Pioneer history, along a historic railroad grade deep in the canyon of the Similkameen River, and high above the shores of Lake Chopaka, in the heart of the Okanogan highlands of northern Washington.
- BLM western portion of the Pacific Northwest Trail (PDF)
- BLM eastern portion of the Pacific Northwest Trail (PDF)
Please note that many portions of the Pacific Northwest Trail are still being constructed and the trails indicated on the maps may not be the exact locations on the ground. Additional resources can be found at:
San Juan Islands National Monument
Designated in 2013, the San Juan Islands National Monument is the newest in Oregon/Washington. Located within Washington State's Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands is an archipelago of over 450 islands, rocks, and pinnacles. These islands form an unmatched landscape of contrasts, where forests seem to spring from gray rock and distant, snow-capped peaks provide the backdrop for sandy beaches. more>>>
Spring Basin Wilderness
What do you want from a Wilderness? Colorful geologic features! Rugged cliffs! Unique beauty! Outstanding opportunities for solitude! A neighboring wild and scenic river! The Spring Basin Wilderness has it all.
Designated as a wilderness in 2009, the area encompasses 6,378 acres of stunning scenery. Numerous vista points give the visitor a sweeping view of the John Day River valley and solitude is provided by the remote canyons and vegetative diversity. These highly scenic settings set the stage for outstanding opportunities for recreation activities such as photography, hiking, and nature study. more>>>
Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area
The Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area (CMPA), established on October 30, 2000, encompasses an extraordinary landscape with deep, glacier-carved gorges, stunning scenery, designated wilderness, wild rivers, an array of plant and animal life, and a history that captures the western migration. more>>>
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is located on a narrow point of land jutting due west into the Pacific Ocean at the north end of Newport, Oregon. This headland provides visitors with one of the most accessible wildlife and ocean viewing locations on the Pacific Coast. more>>>
OR/WA BLM Recreation
For additional recreation information, including search options, site details, and recreation brochures, visit the OR/WA BLM recreation website.