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Release Date: 09/20/11
Contacts: Kristen Lenhardt 406-896-5228    

Pompeys Pillar Celebrates National Public Lands Day

Pompeys Pillar National Monument, managed within the Bureau of Land Management’s National Landscape Conservation System, is offering two fee-free days. The Monument will be fee free Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25. September 24 is National Public Lands Day, and September 25 is the last day that the Monument’s Visitor Center will be open for the 2011 season.

According to Jeff Kitchens, Pompeys Pillar National Monument Manager, the monument had a successful and fun season, and is offering these days as fee free to encourage local residents and visitors to Custer Country to celebrate National Public Lands Day with the BLM.

"As my first season as manager comes to an end, I want to say thank you to our partners and neighbors for a wonderful year. Pompeys Pillar is a very special place, and I want to invite all of those in Custer Country and surrounding areas to come out and visit us before we close the interpretive center for the season."

Pompeys Pillar contains the signature of Captain William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Clark’s inscription is the expedition’s only remaining physical evidence of its actual route. An interpretive center at the site recounts Clark’s journey through the Yellowstone Valley in 1806. Pompeys Pillar is located 25 miles east of Billings off Interstate 94. Hours of operation for the Monument are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Through September 25, the visitor center is open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. More information on the national monument can be found at, or by contacting Jeff Kitchens at (406) 896-5235.

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. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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