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Release Date: 08/23/11
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins    

Trails Center Presents Temporary Exhibit,
"The National Landscape Conservation System in Wyoming: Conserve, Protect, Restore"

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) is showcasing a temporary exhibit, “The National Landscape Conservation System in Wyoming: Conserve, Protect, Restore.”

Adobe Town Wilderness Study Area. By Bob Wick.
Devil’s Gate, where the Sweetwater River slices through a mountain.  By Bob Wick.
 A modern-day wagon at Prospect Hill, a BLM interpretive site.  By Bob Wick.
The exhibit, featuring wide open spaces and skies in Wyoming, opens Sept. 6 in the Edna Kennell Heritage Gallery and runs through Oct. 29. The exhibit displays the landscape photography of Bob Wick, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employee and landscape photographer that has photographed National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) units throughout the United States.

Wick said that the BLM’s Wilderness Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, and other units of the NLCS represent “the last frontier” of American landscape photography.

“I am an avid outdoor photographer and BLM lands are my favorite subject, as they are often overlooked by other photographers,” said Wick, co-lead for California’s NLCS. “Having my photos published by the BLM, private publishers, and in the media has been my most rewarding accomplishment with the BLM. Through my photos, I’ve been able to share our amazing landscapes.”

The BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System contains some of the West’s most spectacular landscapes. The NLCS includes wilderness areas, conservation areas, wilderness study areas, along with 16 national monuments, and thousands of miles of scenic and national historic trails.

As part of the NLCS in Wyoming, the BLM manages 42 wilderness study areas, five national historic trails, the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, and one national scenic trail. These are all units of the NLCS. The 42 wilderness study areas encompass about 575,000 acres. The trails include the Oregon, Mormon, California, Pony Express, and Nez Perce National Historic Trails, along with the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

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.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Alex Rose at (307) 261-7780. Photos of the exhibit are available online at:

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, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 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.

Trails Center   1501 North Poplar      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 08-26-2011