National Conservation Lands

National Conservation Lands

 In 2009, Congress protected critical habitat on some of the most scenic land in Washington County by adding the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area and the Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area to the system of National Conservation Lands. These lands have been set aside for current and future generations because of their outstanding cultural, natural, and scientific importance.

   

The National Conservation Lands are the last places where you can experience the history of the American West. From the rivers which Lewis and Clark explored, to pioneer trails, to Native American sites, the heritage and beauty of these places are safeguarded for all to enjoy. These special places, along with the entire National Conservation Lands System, reflect our understanding that truly conserving natural and cultural values means protecting large landscapes – entire ecosystems and archaeological districts – more than small, isolated tracts surrounded by development. And it encourages the increasingly rare opportunity for Americans to escape crowds and create their own outdoor adventures, as well as providing unique resources for study to scientists and students of all ages.

These protected public lands, rivers and trails, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, have joined the ranks of our national parks and wildlife refuges as guardians of our nation’s natural, cultural and outdoor heritage.