National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS)
In June 2000, the National Landscape Conservation System - the most innovative American land system created in the last 50 years - was established to encompass the crown jewels of the public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This new conservation system consists of more than 26 million acres: National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wilderness, Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and National and Scenic Trails.
The mission of the National Landscape Conservation System was to conserve, protect, and restore these nationally significant landscapes that have outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values for the benefit of current and future generations.
The NLCS Coalition was comprised of more than 50 local, regional, and national non-profit groups committed to building a stronger National Landscape Conservation System. Formed in 2002, the NLCS Coalition included conservation groups large and small, historical preservation organizations, archaeologists, and landscape architects, among others.