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The scenic Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest stretches 2.8-million acres through central and north-central Montana. The Forest is comprised of island mountain ranges bisected by the Continental Divide and Missouri River and includes 6 ranger districts: Lincoln, Helena, Townsend, Judith - Musselshell, Rocky Mountain, and Belt Creek - White Sulphur Springs and 2 Forest Supervisor’s offices located in Helena and Great Falls to oversee forest management in 17 counties.


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Restoring Beaver Creek

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Beaver Creek is the primary spawning tributary for the large migratory rainbow and brown trout that move up from Holter Reservoir in the spring and fall. Beaver Creek is listed as an impaired stream by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for both sediment and riparian damage. The Forest Service and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks have also noted declines in spawning rainbow trout over the past 20 years due to angling pressure, predation, whirling disease, and continued habitat degradation. The Beaver Creek Restoration Project will restore 1.2 miles of stream to its natural state improving both water quality and fish habitat. This is a collaborative effort with many partners including NorthWestern Energy, River Design Group, MT Fish Wildlife and Parks and Pat Barnes Trout Unlimited Chapter.  

Lewis & Clark National Interpretive Center celebrates National Bison Day

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On National Bison Day, Nov. 7, 2020, bison enthusiasts learned about the United States' National Mammal in a virtual cross-country learning expedition from the Prairie State to the Treasure State. The USDA Forest Service’s third annual “Bison Crawl” included live presentations from Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois, the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center in Montana and from nearby First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park. Presentations were broadcast live.

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Holter Lake-Gates of the Mountains River Recreation Plan

Review the coordinated draft management plan for the Holter Lake-Gates of the Mountains Recreation Area on the Missouri River. 

Prescription Trails

Together, Bike Walk Montana and Recreational Trails Program, are working to make Montana healthier, one step at a time!


Plant Biodiversity Flickr Set

Picture of Wildflowers on the Helena National Forest: Arnica, Indian Paintbrush, and Bluebells

Visit our Flickr album featuring Helena National Forest Plant Biodiversity for beautiful photographs of wildflowers and plants across the Forest!

USDA Civil Rights Policy Statement April 9, 2021

Secretary Vilsack writes that, "At USDA, we are recommitting ourselves to the values of equity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for each other and those we serve."

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