“The establishment of the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) also known as National Conservation Lands was a major step forward in recognizing lands of exceptional beauty, historical value, and cultural significance that are under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management. Through effective, forward-looking stewardship, the BLM will protect and preserve these treasured landscapes as a legacy for the American people.” -Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar-March 2010
In 2009, Congress protected some of the most scenic and scientifically significant land in Washington County by adding the Red Cliffs and Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Areas to the 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 consist of 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 see. These special places, along with the entire National Conservation Lands System, reflect our new 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.
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Red Cliffs National Conservation Area
Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area
Beaver Dam Wash sits at the very edge of Mojave desert. Sitting at the lowest elevation in Utah, it contains dense stands of Joshua Trees and desert plants. The intermittent water supplied through the wash is invaluable to local wildlife in an otherwise dry environment. The area also provides excellent habitat for the threatened Mojave desert tortoise. In fact, historically some of the densest populations of the tortoise ever found used to be out in Beaver Dam.
Beaver Dam Wash NCA for maps and more information.
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.
- History of Red Cliffs NCA
- NCA Dedication 2012
- Salazar Dedication NCA 5-7-12
- Institute of OutDoor Recreation
- Office of Outdoor Recreation