The Lewis & Clark National Forest is located in the center of Montana.
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View from the Highwood Mountains Hikers in the Crazy Mountains L&C Interagency Hotshot Crew Hike to the Fireline Arrowleaf Balsamroot Near Benchmark Chinese Wall from upper Moose Creek Late Fall Morning at High Elevation Rock Arch in the Little Belt Mountains Judith River Ranger Station L&C Interagency Hotshot Crew Near the Fireline Judith River Ranger Station Sulphur Springs on the Missouri River north of Great Falls Judith River Ranger Station Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center SignBeartop Lookout in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Rocky Mountain 

Ranger District Crystal Lake, Big Snowy MountainsL&C Interagency Hotshot Crew Member on a Fire

Welcome to our Forest!

Located in central Montana,the Lewis and Clark National Forest spreads across thirteen counties, seven mountain ranges, and administers an interpretive center in Great Falls. The Forest is characterized by coniferous forests, woody valley bottoms, high mountain peaks and broad grassy meadows. The Bob Marshall and Scapegoat Wildernesses cover almost half of our forest acres. The Forest provides a multitude of opportunities for public recreation ranging from scenic drives, hiking, OHV riding and horseback riding to camping, snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling.The public can cut Christmas trees, gather firewood, hunt for big game, fish our streams, and find many other activities in this diverse area of public land.

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Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests Plan Revision

Scapegoat WildernessThe Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forests have begun revising their Forest Plan. This section provides information on the Forest planning process and how you can learn more and become involved. Visit the Forest Plan Revision page.

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center

Lewis and Clark Interpretive CenterFeaturing displays, exhibits, guided tours and historical photo galleries, this modern interpretive center provides visitors with a fun opportunity to learn about a pivotal period in our national and cultural history.

Visit our site to learn more, and be sure to check on current news and events.

Lewis and Clark Interagency Hotshot Crew

The Region 1 Lewis and Clark Interagency Hotshot Crew is hosted by the Lewis and Clark National Forest. Lewis and Clark IHC operates out of the Lewis and Clark National Forest Supervisor’s Office, located in Great Falls, Montana.  They operate as a nationally shared resource specializing in wildland fire suppression, prescribed fire, “fire use”, and “all-risk” incidents.

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Lewis and Clark IHC places a strong emphasis on training as the region’s only IHC training crew.  The majority of training is accomplished through on the job training in positions including but not limited to: FFT1, HECM, CRWB, FIRB, FELB, FALC, RXB2, and other crew and command positions.  The intent of the training is to develop future leaders in wildland fire management.

Tenderfoot Creek Land Acquisition

Tenderfoot Creek in AutumnIn 2008, the Bair Ranch Foundation (TBRF) contacted the US Forest Service and suggested a public purchase of the Bair Ranch Foundation Property. To accomplish this historic conservation effort a model partnership was soon formed between TBRF, the US Forest Service, the Tenderfoot Trust and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The 8,200-acre Tenderfoot Creek acquisition has received support from the Meagher County Commissioners, Montana’s Governor, MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and over 30 local Montana sportsman and angler conservation groups. The project has also received financial support from the Elk Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, MT Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Trust, Cinnabar Foundation and other RMEF Habitat Partners. Read more about the project and partnership here.

Fire Danger Level: Low

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