U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
|Release Date: 04/15/10|
Trails Center Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) with a new exhibit.
“The BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System contains some of the most beautiful landscapes in the United States,” said Trails Center Director Mike Abel. “The NLCS also preserves remaining traces of our nation’s historic trails. We are pleased to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the NLCS with this exhibit.”
The NLCS includes over 886 federally recognized areas and approximately 27 million acres of national monuments, national conservation areas, wilderness study areas, wild and scenic rivers, conservation lands of the California desert, and national scenic and historic trails.
NLCS areas are part of an active, vibrant landscape where people live, work, and play. They offer exceptional opportunities for recreation, solitude, wildlife viewing, exploring history, scientific research, as well as a wide range of traditional uses.
The BLM in Wyoming manages 42 wilderness study areas, five national historic trails, the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, and one national scenic trail. These are all units of the NLCS. The 42 wilderness study areas encompass about 575,000 acres. The trails include the Oregon, Mormon, California, Pony Express, and Nez Perce National Historic Trails, along with the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.
The NHTIC is a unit of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). The areas of the NLCS are specifically designed to conserve, protect and restore the exceptional scientific, natural, cultural, ecological, historical and recreation values of these treasured landscapes.
The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, Wyo. The Center is currently operating on winter hours, and is open from Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is closed on Sunday through Monday.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
National Historic Trails Interpretive Center 1501 North Poplar Street Casper, WY 82601
|Last updated: 04-28-2010|
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