The National Conservation Lands are a system of special areas and sites under the BLM’s care that are known and preserved for their exceptional values. They include wilderness areas, national monuments, wild and scenic rivers, national scenic and historic trails, and more.  All have been established either by an Act of Congress or by Presidential Proclamation.  The BLM in Oregon and Washington manages 128 National Conservation Lands units totaling 3.4 million acres (out of over 887 units totaling 27 million acres nationally).  The BLM also manages two areas that fall under the "NCA and Similar Designations" umbrella:  the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area (428,000 acres) and the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (100 acres).

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Featured Similarly Designated Area: Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Come visit the BLM's Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area at the beautiful Oregon Coast!  This interpretive center features exhibits on seabirds and marine life as well as human history from the headland. You can see the wheelhouse of an historic ship, check out a recreated rocky island and its inhabitants, and witness a full scale replica of the lighthouse lantern. All BLM exhibits and interpretive specialists deliver the rich history of Yaquina Head. 

From exploring tide pools teeming with life to witnessing Oregon's tallest lighthouse, there is something for every visitor at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.

Programs: National Conservation Lands: Similarly Designated Area: Oregon Yaquina Head Slideshow

Yaquina Head LighthouseYaquina Head LighthouseThe United States Congress designated the Lower White River Wilderness in 2009 and it now has a total of 2,806 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Oregon and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service.  The White River rises in the high Cascades in western Wasco County, in the Mount Hood National Forest on the southeast flank of Mount Hood. The headwaters are just below White River Glacier in White River Canyon. Additions to the Mount Hood Wilderness protect upper portions of the river, while the Lower White River Wilderness, southeast of the Mount hood Wilderness and east of highway 26, protects a segment of lower river stretch.Yaquina Head TidepoolYaquina Head TidepoolYaquina Head TidepoolYaquina Head WildlifeYaquina Head Wildlife

Flickr Album: Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area