Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument celebrates 20 years

Fort Benton, Mont. –- This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (UMRBNM).

To commemorate this special milestone, the Monument will host a celebration on Saturday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center, located at 701 7th Street in Fort Benton, Montana.

As part of the celebration, there will be no admission fee charged to tour the Interpretive Center on this day. Bring the whole family out to tour the new interpretive exhibits, attend special programs featuring guest speakers, visit booths highlighting the natural and cultural history of the Monument, and join in on the fun through interactive games and activities. Presentations and interactive booths will be located both indoors and outdoors.

"We're excited to be celebrating the Monument's 20th anniversary at the same time the Bureau of Land Management marks its 75th year," said Zane Fulbright, UMRBNM manager. "We invite the public to come enjoy the festivities at the interpretive center. It's a great opportunity to see the scenic outdoors of the Monument and learn more about how the BLM manages public lands for everyone."

Please, call 406-622-4000 for more information about the anniversary event. You can also learn more about the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument on the BLM’s website -- http://ow.ly/nVOh50FOiF8.

BACKGROUND: From Fort Benton to the James Kipp Recreation Area in the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument spans 149 miles of the Upper Missouri River, the adjacent Breaks country, and portions of Arrow Creek, Antelope Creek, and the Judith River. The area has remained largely unchanged in the nearly 200 years since Meriwether Lewis and William Clark traveled through it on their epic journey. The monument was established by presidential proclamation on Jan. 17, 2001. http://ow.ly/J9VX50FOiHc


This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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. 

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Gina Baltrusch