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Lewistown Field Office
Release Date: 06/11/12
Contacts: Craig Flentie    
  (406) 538-1943    

BLM Interpretive Center Supports Fort Benton’s Summer Celebration

Fort Benton, MT----The Bureau of Land Management’s Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center (at 701 7th Street) in Fort Benton, Montana, will be participating again this year in Fort Benton’s Summer Celebration.

On June 23rd at 4 pm, the Interpretive Center will host the wildlife program “Bats of the Breaks.”  Bats are remarkable, underappreciated mammals that eat a huge variety of insects, including mosquitoes.  Kristi DuBois, a wildlife biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) in Missoula, will share a wealth of information about bats and discuss how FWP is monitoring bats in Montana using bat detectors.  After dark, Kristi will be demonstrating the use of acoustic detectors to survey bats on the river behind the Interpretive Center. Visitors are welcome to join her and listen to the bat detector.

On Sunday June 24th, a Homestead Act Celebration will take place at the Interpretive Center from 12pm to 2 pm. There will be hands-on pioneer activities for children aged six to ten. Older students can participate in the game Boom or Bust: Mystery of the Old Homestead.  In this game,players uncover when, where, why and how each family homesteaded and determine whether they boomed or busted on their Montana claim. The players/investigators use clues like copies of actual documents including oral histories, newspaper articles, and land records to solve the homesteading mystery.

Also on June 24th at the Interpretive Center at 1 pm, a short program “The Homestead Act of 1862: A Great Failure, a Greater Success,” will illuminate how the Homestead Act, for all its flaws, was one of the most influential pieces of legislation in American history.

All of these programs are free and open to the public.  For more information about these programs please contact the Interpretive Center at (406) 622-4000.

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.

Lewistown Field Office   920 NE Main      Lewistown, Montana 59457  

Last updated: 06-28-2012