The BLM’s conservation kingdom

  • BLM national monuments map

    Diane Sylvain
 

Note: This article is a sidebar to this issue's feature story, "Change comes slowly to Escalante country."

The National Landscape Conservation System is a blend of new and old. It includes not only the 15 monuments designated by President Bill Clinton, but also some 800 protected areas that the BLM has managed for as long as 30 years. The NLCS, created by the Bureau of Land Management administration during Clinton’s second term, is intended to give these lands some collective visibility — and a better shot at adequate funding from Congress. There might be a downside to that visibility, says a former agency staffer: “It just makes them easier to lop off.” Some of the crown jewels of the NLCS (acreage figures do not include non-federal inholdings):

1 — Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah 1,870,800 acres, designated September 1996
2 — Agua Fria National Monument, Arizona 71,100 acres, designated January 2000
3 — Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Arizona 1,054,264 acres (managed jointly by the Park Service and the BLM), designated January 2000
4 — California Coastal National Monument, California 840 miles of coastline, designated January 2000
5 — Ironwood Forest National Monument, Arizona 129,022 acres, designated June 2000
6 — Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado 163,852 acres, designated June 2000
7 — Cascade-Siskyou National Monument, Oregon 52,947 acres, designated June 2000
8 — Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, California 272,000 acres (managed jointly by the Forest Service and the BLM), designated October 2000
9 — Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona 279,550 acres, designated November 2000
10 — Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho , 661,287 acres (managed jointly by the Park Service and the BLM), designated November 2000
11 — Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona 486,603 acres, designated January 2001
12 — Carrizo Plain National Monument, California 204,107 acres, designated January 2001
13 — Pompeys Pillar National Monument, Montana 51 acres, designated January 2001
14 — Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, Montana 377,346 acres, designated January 2001
15 — Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, New Mexico 4,114 acres, designated January 2001

More than 14 million acres of congressionally designated National Conservation Areas; seven were created during the Clinton administration. The largest NCA, the 10.6 million-acre California Desert Conservation Area, was established in 1976.

More than 6.2 million acres of wilderness areas and 17.1 million acres of wilderness study areas, in about 750 units scattered throughout 11 Western states and Alaska.

Two thousand miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers, 3,600 miles of National Historic Trails, and the Continental Divide and Pacific Crest National Scenic Trails.

High Country News Classifieds
  • CANYONLANDS FIELD INSTITUTE
    Colorado Plateau Natural & Human History Field Seminars. Lodge, river, hiking options. Small groups, guest experts.
  • NATURE EDUCATION DIRECTOR
    Our mission is to inspire a life-long connection to nature and community through creative exploration of the outdoors. We are seeking an educational leader who...
  • DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING DIRECTOR
    The Development and Marketing Director is a senior position responsible for the execution of all development and marketing strategies to raise funds and increase public...
  • DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
    Coordinates all Wyoming Wildlife Federation philanthropic activities. Tasks include identification, recruitment, and retention of donors, organizing fundraising events, and assisting with grant writing.
  • REALTOR NEEDS A REMOTE ASSISTANT
    This is a business assistant position, The working hours are flexible and you can chose to work from anywhere of your choice, the pay is...
  • CORPORATE & GRANTS PARTNER MANAGER
    Forever Our Rivers Foundation Corporate Partnerships Manager February 2020 www.ForeverOurRivers.org Forever Our Rivers Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was formed in late 2016 with the mission...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Central Oregon LandWatch is seeking an Executive Director to advance our mission and oversee the development of the organization. Job Description: The Executive Director oversees...
  • WESTERN NATIVE SEED
    Specializing in native seeds and seed mixes for western states.
  • MEDIA DIRECTOR
    Love working with the media? Shine a spotlight on passionate, bold activists fighting for wild lands, endangered species, wild rivers and protecting the climate.
  • STAFF ATTORNEY - NEVADA
    The Center for Biological Diversity is seeking an attorney to expand our litigation portfolio in Nevada. Come join our hard-hitting team as we fight for...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Montana Wildlife Federation seeks an energetic leader to advance our mission, sustain our operations, and grow our grassroots power. For a full position description,...
  • HISTORIC COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITY IN DOWNTOWN NOGALES
    Nogales. 3 active lower spaces and upper floor with lots of potential. 520-245-9000 [email protected]
  • CHUCK BURR'S CULTUREQUAKE.COM BLOG
    Change will happen when we see a new way of living. Thinking to save the world.
  • COMING TO TUCSON?
    Popular vacation house, furnished, 2 bed/1 bath, yard, dog-friendly. Lee at [email protected] or 520-791-9246.
  • DIRECTOR, TEXAS WATER PROGRAMS
    The National Wildlife Federation seeks a Director to lead our water-related policy and program work in Texas, with a primary focus on NWF's signature Texas...
  • SPLIT CREEK RANCH
    Spectacular country home on 48 acres with Wallowa River running through it! 541-398-1148 www.RubyPeakRealty.com
  • OJO CALIENTE COMMERCIAL VENTURE
    Outstanding location near the world famous Ojo Caliente Mineral Spring Resort. Classic adobe Mercantile complete w/living quarters, separate 6 unit B&B, metal building and spacious...
  • NEW MEXICO GILA NATIONAL FOREST HORSE RANCH
    43 acres in the Gila National Forest. Horse facility, custom home. Year-round outdoor living. REDUCED to $999,000, 575-536-3109.
  • EVERLAND MOUNTAIN RETREAT
    Everland Mountain Retreat includes 318 mountaintop acres with a 3,200 square foot lodge and two smaller homes. Endless vistas of the Appalachian mountains, open skies,...
  • COPPER CANYON MEXICO CAMPING & BACKPACKING
    Camping, hiking, backpacking, R2R2R, Tarahumara Easter, Mushroom Festival, www.coppercanyontrails.org.