national landscape conservation system


In 2000, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt linked special landscapes designated by the President or Congress into one conservation system named the National Landscape Conservation System, or National Conservation Lands. As a part of the 15th anniversary celebration this year, our National Conservation Lands team took over the BLM’s national social media accounts on the 15th of each month.

Throughout the year, the monthly takeovers featured stunning landscapes, science and history, unique wildlife, and more.  Tomorrow, we’re kicking off a Twelve Days of National Conservation Lands – a recap of the twelve #conservationlands15 takeovers.  Follow us into the New Year for the entire collection of “Top 15” lists, and prepare your 2016 bucket list along the way!


ICYMI: Two Generations of Interior / americasgreatoutdoors and BLM Leadership Mark 15th Anniversary of National Conservation Lands

Last Saturday, June 20th, current and former Department of the Interior and BLM leadership gathered in Shelter Cove, California, with conservation and community leaders to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands - a system that conserves, protects, and restores nationally significant landscapes.

To mark the milestone of the 15th anniversary, Interior Secretary Jewell and former Interior Secretary Babbitt unveiled a commemorative walkway at the King Range NCA, which was the first unit of the system and the beginning of the National Conservation Lands. Also a part of the celebration, BLM Director Kornze announced new interactive recreational maps for 42 National Conservation Lands, with more to come.  

Check out the event highlights in the following video, which includes interviews with Jewell, Babbitt, and Kornze. (Video by Jayson Barangan, BLM)  CLICK HERE for more information about the event and interactive maps.

Colorful vine maples adorn the basalt monolith of Oregon’s Table Rock Wilderness. A 3.3 mile long trail with a modest grade climbs through stately forest past tall basalt cliffs before topping out at drop-dead gorgeous viewpoints stretching from high Cascade Peaks to the Willamette Valley. Table Rock stands at 4,881 feet above sea level and has a rich forest of Douglas fir and western hemlock, with noble fir at higher elevations.

Follow along all day today as the Bureau of Land Management (mypubliclands) takes over Interior’s Instagram account, sharing the vast and rugged landscapes of the National Conservation Lands. The newest national system of public lands, the National Conservation Lands celebrate their 15th birthday this week.