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The National Conservation Lands, also known as the National Landscape Conservation System, contain some of the West’s most spectacular landscapes.  It includes over 878 federally recognized areas and approximately 27 million acres of National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and National Scenic and Historic Trails.

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.

Why were the National Conservation Lands created?
BLM lands were organized in a system to increase awareness of these areas' scientific, cultural, educational, ecological and other values. The National Conservation Lands have four goals:

  • Protecting and restoring unique resources
  • Preserving culture and heritage
  • Maintaining quality of life for a growing generation
  • Protecting critical habitat

When were the National Conservation Lands created?
In June 2000, the BLM's Director created National Conservation Lands to bring BLM's premier designations in to a single system.
What is included in National Conservation Lands?
The National Conservation Lands include over 878 federally recognized areas and approximately 27 million acres of National Conservation Areas, National Scenic and Historic Trails, National Monuments, Wild and Scenic Rivers, Wilderness Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, and Conservation Lands of the California Desert.

See a map of National Conservation Lands or browse through the National Conservation Lands online resources.

National Conservation Lands


National Conservation Lands in New Mexico

The NLCS: A Geography of Hope (video)

National Conservation Areas

National Scenic and Historic Trails

National Monuments

Wild and Scenic Rivers

Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas (WSA)

Map of National Conservation Lands in New Mexico

Implementing the National 
15-Year Strategy in New Mexico

National Conservation Lands Online Resources (maps, brochures, etc.)

National Conservation Lands National Page