The Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands comprise more than 27 million acres located primarily in the West; these lands are recognized for their spectacular ecological, cultural, historic, recreational, and scientific value. National Conservation Lands include approximately 8.7 million acres of Wilderness in 221 units containing some of the wildest and most remote lands in America.
These lands are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System, established by the Wilderness Act of 1964. The Act established long-term preservation and protection to areas on federal lands that were largely undeveloped, natural, and unconstrained by human activity, and which provided outstanding opportunities for solitude or primitive and unconfined recreation. Wilderness land, mostly made up of area over 5,000 acres, consist of rugged mountain ranges, broad valleys, and desert plains that include the surviving remnants of the vast natural landscape that once covered all of North America. Along with the BLM, Wilderness lands are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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