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MCNCA: For Scientists

McInnis Canyons National Conservation area is part of the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). This system of lands encompasses approximately 27 million acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). These lands are recognized for their outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values.


Science in National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) units is defined broadly as ‘including basic and applied research in natural and social science, as well as inventory and monitoring initiatives’ (BLM NLCS Science Strategy 2007). In addition, within NLCS units there is an expectation for ‘identifying science needed to address management issues, communicating those needs to science providers, and incorporating the results into the decision making process’ (BLM Science Strategy 2007). For more information on science in the National landscape Conservation System click here.

NLCS units provide scientists a unique opportunity to apply science to practical management questions in a multiple use setting. For a list of potential research questions related to management issues see here.  However, this list is subject to change and does not represent an exhaustive list of possible scientific inquiries.  If you have questions about science projects within McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area or the Black Ridge Wilderness Area contact Nikki Grant-Hoffman (

Scientists desiring to work within McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area need to submit a brief research proposal. Authorizations will be granted once proposals have been considered by BLM staff.

Research proposals within the Black Ridge Wilderness Area will be considered in accordance with Wilderness Values. Click here for more information.