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National Conservation Area

  • http://www.blm.gov/nlcs/conservation/index.html National Conservation Areas (NCAs) are designated by Congress to conserve, protect, enhance, and manage public land areas for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. NCAs feature exceptional natural, recreational, cultural, wildlife, aquatic, archeological, paleontological, historical, educational or scientific resources.


SENATE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, April 26, 2000 SUBCOMMITTEE ON FORESTS AND PUBLIC LANDS, S. 2273, THE BLACK ROCK DESERT-HIGH ROCK CANYON EMIGRANT TRAILS NCA STATEMENT OF MOLLY McUSIC COUNSELOR TO THE SECRETARY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR BEFORE THE SENATE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FORESTS AND PUBLIC LANDS S. 2273, THE BLACK ROCK DESERT-HIGH ROCK CANYON EMIGRANT TRAILS NCA April 26, 2000 Thank you for the opportunity to testify regarding S. 2273, the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area Act. Senator Bryan's bill seeks to protect an important area, significant not only for its natural resources but for what it tells us about our history and who we are as Americans. This area deserves the protections which S. 2273 would prescribe, and if some important changes are made to the bill, the Administration will support Senator Bryan's legislation.


The Wilderness Society Black Rock, High Rock Emigrant Trail National Conservation Area


On December 21, 2000, the President signed the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area Act of 2000, which was enacted by Congress to create special designations for 1.2 million acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in northwestern Nevada. The Act designates 815,000 acres as a National Conservation Area (NCA), and within the NCA there are nearly 380,000 acres that are designated “Wilderness.” There are also about 375,000 acres designated Wilderness outside of the NCA, bringing the entire area (NCA and Wildernesses) to approximately 1.2 million acres.NCA and Wilderness designation for these areas will ensure that one of the last nationally-significant segments of the historic California emigrant trails along with the surrounding Black Rock Desert, High Rock Canyon and other prominent national resources will be protected.