U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Cody Field Office
|Release Date: 06/06/12|
Volunteers Search for Historic Trail Routes on National Trails Day
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody Field Office, the Nez Perce Trail Foundation and other volunteers spent June 2—National Trails Day—searching for evidence of possible alternate routes of the Nez Perce National Historic Trail (NHT) near Clark, Wyo.
“The goal is to identify where the alternate route was so that we can preserve and protect it,” said Jim Evans, director of the Nez Perce Trail Foundation. “This is a heritage that we need to pass on.”
Evans kicked-off the day with an educational program about the history of the trail and the partnership between the Nez Perce Trail Foundation, the BLM, the U.S. Forest Service and the public. Dr. Larry Todd of the Greybull River Sustainable Landscape Ecology non-profit discussed the area’s archaeology and the inventory technique to be employed.
Groups of participants then walked transects near the trail, hoping to find evidence of alternate routes. “If there were Nez Perce NHT variants in the Cody Field Office area, they were likely used only once, making such routes difficult to pinpoint,” said BLM Archaeologist Kierson Crume.
Volunteers were excited to find a collapsed coal mine adit, several historic debris scatters and an isolated unifacial quartzite scraper. Although none of the artifacts can be definitively correlated with the 1877 event, future research expectations have been refined. Due to the positive response from the volunteers, Crume hopes to continue the inventory effort.
Evans was happy to see a good turn-out for the National Trails Day event. “We travel the country, identifying where the trail is, and it’s nice to have local people involved,” Evans said. “Volunteers make this whole thing possible.”
Visit nezpercetrail.net/index.html to learn more about the Nez Perce Trail Foundation.
For more information, contact Crume at 578-5900 or email@example.com.
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.
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|Last updated: 06-14-2012|
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