U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
|Release Date: 09/20/10|
Trails Center Celebrates "America's Priceless Heritage"
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) is showcasing a temporary exhibit entitled, “America’s Priceless Heritage: Snapshots in Time.” The exhibit, which first opened at the Smithsonian Institution in 2006, features some of the archeological and historic resources found on BLM-administered public lands.
The exhibit opens at the Trails Center on Oct. 1 and will be displayed through the end of the year.
“America’s Priceless Heritage” is a photo exhibit, created by the BLM, to recognize the 100th anniversary of the Antiquities Act of 1906. The Act, signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt, was designed to protect archeological and historic properties on public lands.
The exhibit features 21 images of sites and artifacts, including photographs of 170-million-year old dinosaur tracks in Utah, Navajo dwellings in New Mexico, and Capt. William Clark’s stone signature in Montana. Ten states are represented in the exhibit: Utah, Alaska, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Colorado, Montana, Washington and California.
The exhibit is on loan from the Anasazi Heritage Center, southwest Colorado’s premier archeological museum, operated by the BLM since 1988. The center is a museum of the Anasazi culture and other American Indian cultures, and is located near Dolores, Colo.
The NHTIC is a part 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, WY. The center is currently operating on summer hours, and is open daily, 8 a.m. to 5: p.m.
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: 09-21-2010|
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