NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREAS AND SIMILAR DESIGNATIONS
The BLM’s National Conservation Lands include National Conservation Areas and Similar Designations. Congress designates National Conservation Areas (NCAs) and similarly designated lands to conserve, protect, enhance, and manage the public lands for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. The BLM’s National Conservation Lands include 16 NCAs and five similarly designated lands in 10 states. These lands offer exceptional scientific, cultural, ecological, historical, and recreational value. They differ in landscape and size, varying from the coastal beauty of California's 18-acre Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area to the rugged desert vistas of Nevada's 1.2 million-acre Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails NCA.
Congress also designates other areas similar to NCAs under three categories: Cooperative Management and Protection Areas, Outstanding Natural Areas, and Forest Reserves. These public lands are managed similarly to NCAs and also offer exceptional natural and cultural values.
Browse BLM's National Conservation Lands and Similar Designations by state or region.