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.
The 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.
Featuring 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.
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.
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
In 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.