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National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
Release Date: 08/06/10
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins    

Trails Center Remains Open During Construction Projects

Maintenance projects on the exterior of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) are underway. The NHTIC will remain open during construction which will continue until September.

The blue tile walls on the east and west sides will be recovered and drainage reworked to address moisture retention issues. According to BLM engineering project manager Gary Skillman, "Our environmental conditions here can be quite severe and challenging for unique architectural designs like at the NHTIC. Colored metal cladding will replace the tile work that is damaged, enhancing the appearance and better protecting the structural integrity of the walls.”

Some initial dirt excavation is underway alongside the main entrance, and pedestrian traffic has been rerouted slightly for visitor safety. Once panels are installed, cobble stones will be placed next to the walls, and the disturbed areas reseeded with native vegetation. Skylights will be resealed and additional wall repairs done.

Other work already completed or underway at the NHTIC includes painting metal handrails on the observation deck and the entrance wagon arch, and replacing the arch canvas. Haass Construction of Casper, Wyo. is the general contractor. Work on the interior of the building completed earlier this year included establishing a new office area for the National Historic Trails Center Foundation Executive Director and addressing relocation and additional electrical service, fire extinguishers, and seating benches for visitor safety and assistance.

"This is a BLM funded project as part of continuing maintenance to ensure protection of the public's investment in this facility" said NHTIC Director, Mike Abel. "Our private sector partner, the National Historic Trails Center Foundation, is working diligently to upgrade the exhibits, audiovisual components, and multimedia projectors. Our responsibilities with the building itself are being addressed with this work this summer and the year round efforts of our maintenance staff."

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, Wyo. 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. 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.

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 08-06-2010