Happy 5th Birthday to our National Conservation Lands!
Five years ago, on March 30, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. Among other things, the Act permanently established the National Conservation Lands. Since then, Conservation Lands Foundation and its partner Friends groups have worked to get new lands protected within the National Conservation Lands, including such diverse additions as Point Arena-Stornetta (added to the California Coastal National Monument), Fort Ord, Rio Grande Del Norte, and San Juan Islands National Monuments. We have also worked with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to highlight the National Conservation Lands to the public, including a much-needed name change, and have helped BLM establish conservation-based land management policies for these special places.
The National Conservation Lands teach us about ourselves while providing a wide range of benefits, including joy, wonder and refuge. Like most five year olds, though, they continue to need our help. In this case, they need us to follow through on the promise to conserve, protect and restore these spectacular lands.. The Conservation Lands Foundation and our partner Friends groups work every day to ensure that these lands—our national heritage—will continue to exist as they do now for future generations. Happy 5th Birthday!
Still want to know more about the National Conservation Lands? Here’s why we are celebrating:
The National Conservation Lands are our nation’s newest collection of protected lands and waterways—standing proudly alongside our National Parks, National Forests and National Wildlife Refuges as treasured places belonging to every American. The National Conservation Lands include Bureau of Land Management-administered National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, and National Conservation Areas, as well as components of the National Trails System, National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and National Wilderness Preservation System.
The mission of the National Conservation Lands is to conserve, protect, and restore these nationally significant landscapes that are recognized for their outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values. National Conservation Lands offer exceptional opportunities for recreation, solitude, wildlife viewing, historical exploration and scientific research. As living landscapes, they can include a wide range of traditional uses as well. From the San Juan Islands to the Sonoran Desert, these lands represent a uniquely American legacy of honoring and protecting our heritage.