Something for everyone: The National Conservation Lands Program
Story by Jaime Tompkins, Program Lead for National Conservation Lands, Montana/Dakotas State Office
The BLM Montana-Dakotas National Conservation Lands Program encompasses two National Monuments with Interpretive Centers, 150 miles of designated Wild & Scenic River, and portions of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, the Nez Perce National Historic Trail, and the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. In addition, there are 37 Wilderness Study Areas and BLM’s first designated Wilderness, the Bear Trap Canyon -- part of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness!
These areas provide abundant recreational opportunities, important scientific research grounds, and outstanding ecological and cultural resources. National Conservation Lands also work as a unifying and essential link for critical habitat, animal migrations, and public access across the West--pathways that are crucial to the nation’s efforts to conserve our critical natural resources. While many of the National Conservation Lands are remote, others are easily accessible and part of an active, vibrant landscape near communities where people live, work, and recreate.
To learn more about the history of the National Conservation Program Lands, check out the online training on the ProValens website at https://provalenslearning.com. Some of the training modules offered there include National Scenic & Historic Trails, Wild & Scenic Rivers, National Monuments and Conservation Areas and Wilderness Management. The Carhart Center in Missoula, Montana is another great source for other online training opportunities and resources https://carhart.wilderness.net/.