The National Landscape Conservation System

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The National Landscape Conservation System is a 26 million-acre collection of national monuments, national conservation areas, wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, and national trails. These crown jewels of the lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management contain the very first imprints people made upon the North American landscape and are some of the last places to experience the history and wild beauty of the American West. 

The Permanence Campaign

The  Conservation System was created seven years ago during the administration of President William J. Clinton.  However, only Congress can permanently establish the Conservation System through legislation and provide permanent protection for this great network of American lands and waters.

In 2007, several organizations that champion the Conservation System, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, supported the introduction of bi-partisan legislation to permanently protect the Conservation System. H.R. 2016 and S.1139 would provide statutory recognition for the Conservation System and formally recognize that lands within Conservation System exist primarily for the purpose of conserving cultural and natural landscapes.

The Conservation System Alliance

The Conservation System Alliance is a coalition of more than 70 organizations that works to ensure the protection of the Conservation System by making it permanent, well-funded, and inclusive of the Bureau of Land Management's very best lands and waters.  As a member of the Conservation System Alliance, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is dedicated to protecting the Conservation System and preserving the opening chapters in the story of America. For more information, and to get involved, visit