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High Plains District Office
Release Date: 05/27/10
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins,    

NHTIC Announces Free Days June 5 - 6

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in conjunction with other agencies within the Department of the Interior, will waive recreation-related fees for visitors June 5 and 6 on many of the public lands managed by the BLM, including areas within the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS), which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

The BLM’s National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) is waiving admission fees on June 5 and 6.

“The Trails Center is part of the NLCS, which manages some of the West’s most treasured landscapes,” said Director Mike Abel. “We encourage visitors to bring their families and friends to the Trails Center for these fee-free days.”

The NHTIC is also celebrating the 10th anniversary with a new exhibit entitled, “National Landscape Conservation System: Conserve, Protect, Restore.” The exhibit interprets the significance of the BLM’s conservation system to the United States and Wyoming, and will be displayed through Sept 5.

The exhibit features the photography of noted BLM photographer Bob Wick. “The wilderness study areas and other units of the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System are still a frontier as far as landscape photography is concerned, with many new angles and unphotographed areas awaiting more adventurous photographers,” Wick said. “So get out there and enjoy your public lands!”

The NLCS includes over 886 federally recognized areas and approximately 27 million acres of national monuments, national conservation areas, wilderness study areas, wild and scenic rivers, conservation lands of the California desert, and national scenic and historic trails.

NLCS areas are part of an active, vibrant landscape where people live, work and play. They offer exceptional opportunities for recreation, solitude, wildlife viewing, exploring history, scientific research, and a wide range of traditional uses.

For more information, contact Alex Rose at the NHTIC, (307) 261-7780.

The NHTIC is a part of the BLM's 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, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance fees collected at the Trails Center help pay for public programs.

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.

High Plains District Office   2987 Prospector Drive      Casper, WY 82604  

Last updated: 05-27-2010