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The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) National Conservation Lands, also known as the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS), contain some of the West’s most spectacular landscapes. They include more than 887 federally recognized areas and approximately 27 million acres of congressionally or presidentially designated National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic RiversNational Scenic and Historic Trails, and Conservation Lands of the California Desert.

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. These are places that spark the imagination. Their spacious beauty has drawn people to the West for generations. The National Conservation Lands sustain for the future - and for everyone - these remarkable landscapes of the American spirit.

The mission of the National Conservation Lands is to conserve, protect, and restore these nationally significant landscapes that are recognized for their outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values. 

What presence do National Conservation Lands have in Utah?

Nearly 20 percent of BLM administered lands in Utah are National Conservation Lands, including: 

  • 1 National Monument
  • 2 National Conservation Areas
  • 18 Wilderness Areas
  • 86 Wilderness Study Areas
  • 3 National Historic Trails
  • 11 Wild and Scenic River Segments


Five New National Monuments


National 15-year NLCS Strategy 

Utah 5-year NLCS Strategy

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What is Wilderness

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Adventure Recap

Cedar Mountain Wilderness Video
Cedar Mountain Wilderness

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Riding Into Wilderess - Back Country Horsemen Video
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BLM-Utah NLCS 5-Year Strategy GuideUtah’s National Landscape Conservation System 5-year Strategy: 2014-2019

The BLM-Utah National Conservation Lands state-level strategy tiers to the 15-year National strategy published in 2011. It represents an integral step toward implementing the goals of the national strategy by connecting national emphasis with state focus and local action. The report covers several elements including: Ensuring the Conservation, Protection, and Restoration of National Conservation Lands Values; Collaboratively Managing the National Conservation Lands as Part of the Larger Landscape; Raising Awareness of the Value and Benefits of the BLM's National Conservation Lands; and Building Upon BLM's Commitment to Conservation.

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