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Release Date: 10/06/11
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins    

NLCS Signing Event at National Historic Trails Center Yesterday

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey signed the 15-year strategy to manage the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) yesterday.

Picture of BLM Director Bob Abbey.
BLM Director Bob Abbey.
Picture of NLCS Director Carl Rountree.
NLCS Director Carl Rountree.
Picture of Wyoming BLM State Director Donald Simpson.
Wyoming BLM State Director Donald Simpson.
Pony Express riders delivered the strategy to Abbey, NLCS Director Carl Rountree, and Wyoming BLM Director Don Simpson outside the NHTIC at the bronze Pony Express statue. Local members of the Oregon California Trails Association, The NHTIC Foundation, City of Casper, National Pony Express Association, and BLM’s Executive Leadership Team were on hand to celebrate the event.

“As I stand here at the NHTIC in Casper, I am reminded that places like this center are what the NLCS’s 15-Year Strategy is all about,” said Abbey. “By continuing to collaborate and successfully develop new partnerships, the BLM can ensure that future generations of Americans have the chance to use and experience these incredible lands just as we do today.”

The NLCS, which includes some of the most spectacular and special lands in America, is part of the more than 245 million acres administered by the BLM. Managed for multiple uses, America’s resource-rich public lands provide the nation with vital commodities and host remarkable landscapes, ecosystems, and natural and cultural resources.

The new NLCS strategy supports the BLM’s multiple-use mission by ensuring that NLCS management efforts will focus on conservation, while still allowing for other compatible uses, consistent with the designating legislation or presidential proclamation. In addition to conservation, the strategy emphasizes continued collaboration, public involvement, and youth engagement.

Created in June 2000 to conserve, protect, and restore the BLM’s nationally significant resources for future generations, the NLCS now has nearly 900 units encompassing 27 million areas of conservation lands, trails, and waterways — each designated by congressional act or presidential proclamation.

The BLM recognizes that the special lands comprising the NLCS must be managed in the context of the surrounding landscape. To this end, the NLCS strategy is integrated and interdisciplinary. It incorporates ideas offered by the public and BLM employees, as well as state and local governments, partner groups, and other stakeholders.

The BLM plays an important role in protecting the special places where Americans hike and explore, hunt and fish, or simply get away from it all.

“We recognize that the best ideas for conservation come from folks on the ground, and the NLCS strategy provides Americans with enhanced opportunities to share in the stewardship of the lands they treasure,” Abbey said.

Outdoor recreational opportunities are vital to the quality of life enjoyed by Americans, as well as international visitors. In 2010, BLM lands had 58 million visits and BLM management of public resources contributed more than $100 billion to the national economy and supported more than 500,000 American jobs.

To read the NLCS 15-Year Strategy visit

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 10-06-2011