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How Your Group Can Get Involved

Help celebrate and protect the history, culture, and wide open spaces of the American West, including the local wild lands and rivers that you know best!

The NLCS Coalition plans to make a major media and lobbying push around the 5th Anniversary of the System, and we would love your help. By planning activities that dovetail with ours — stories in your newsletters, celebratory hikes, outreach to media — we can benefit both the NLCS and the special places you may already be working to protect.

Although the System has reached its fifth anniversary, many Americans are still unaware it exists. Hundreds of thousands of people recreate on BLM lands that are part of the System — they hunt, bird, raft, camp, hike, study cultural sites and more — though many are unaware that their treasured place is part of this wonderful network of lands and waters with a powerful vision: to protect large landscapes and habitats, keep them rugged and primitive, and serve as an outdoor laboratory for scientific study and enjoyment by future generations.

If you decide to take action, please let us know. We’ll also add any of your NLCS-related events to our online calendar to help promote it. Contact Emily Kaplan at USPIRG by email or by phone at 202-546-9707. If you want help with media and communications, email or call Drew McConville at The Wilderness Society (202-429-7441).

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Your organization’s voice can make a difference on behalf of the National Landscape Conservation System — and on behalf of the wildlife, cultural sites, clean water, wilderness and open space in the West.

P.S. If you would like to learn more about the coalition and our work to protect the NLCS, or to join our listserv, contact Wendy VanAsselt at the Wilderness Society by email or phone (202-429-7431).

A strong national System could help your local monument, river, trail, or other area by:

  • Elevation of the place that you care about to a place of national importance;
  • More efficient and effective management for monuments and other lands and waters;
  • Greater institutional support within BLM for strong conservation measures on a local and state level;
  • Greater funding for conservation measures, backed by the support of Members of Congress from across the country; and 
  • A more consistent visitor experience at places throughout the system and an increased capacity to quickly and consistently respond to visitor needs.