The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) National Conservation Lands, also known as the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS), contain some of the West’s most spectacular landscapes. They include more than 887 federally recognized areas and approximately 27 million acres of congressionally or presidentially designated 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.
National Conservation Lands are part of an active, vibrant landscape where people live, work and play. They offer exceptional opportunities for recreation, solitude, wildlife viewing, exploring history, scientific research, and a wide range of traditional uses. These are places that spark the imagination. Their spacious beauty has drawn people to the West for generations. The National Conservation Lands sustain for the future - and for everyone - these remarkable landscapes of the American spirit.
The mission of the National Conservation Lands is to conserve, protect, and restore these nationally significant landscapes that are recognized for their outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values.
What presence do National Conservation Lands have in Utah?
Nearly 20 percent of BLM administered lands in Utah are National Conservation Lands, including:
- 1 National Monument
- 2 National Conservation Areas
- 18 Wilderness Areas
- 86 Wilderness Study Areas
- 3 National Historic Trails
- 11 Wild and Scenic River Segments