Photo Credit: Maurius Van Der Merwe


The public lands in Washington County contribute to our quality of life, providing areas for world class outdoor recreation, protecting water quality and clean air, and supporting the survival of threatened and endangered wildlife. Conserve Southwest Utah works to ensure that the cultural, scenic, ecological, recreational and scientific values of these lands are protected for present and future generations. Our work focuses on the Bureau of Land Management National Conservation Lands- the jewels of American public lands. Washington County is home to 2 of only 15 National Conservation Areas (NCA’s) in the entire country: the stunning Beaver Dam Wash and Red Cliffs NCA’s. We work to rally public involvement to support common sense approaches to land management that will preserve resources and conservation lands for future generations.

Key Issues

  • We oppose placing the Northern Corridor Highway through the protected Red Cliffs National Conservation Area- home to the threatened Mojave desert tortoise and a 130-mile trail system that supports hiking, biking, trail running and equestrian use and drives our outdoor recreation economy.
  • Preserving and managing the high-quality recreational, natural, scenic, and scientific values of our NCA’s.
  • Ensuring that the forthcoming Travel Management Plan (TMP) for all BLM lands in Washington County will strike a balance between motorized and non-motorized use of trails that supports opportunities for quiet recreation; minimizes the spread of invasive weeds; protects cultural resources; and preserves critical habitat for threatened and endangered species.

What are National Conservation Lands?

BLM Planning and 2009 Lands Bill