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****OFFICES CLOSED--DECEMBER 5th--National Day of Mourning in Honor of President George H.W. Bush.****

In honor of President George H.W. Bush, President Trump has issued an Executive Order closing federal offices on Wednesday, December 5th  for a National Day of Mourning. All National Forest offices will be closed December 5 in observance of the passing of George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States. Regular office hours will resume Thursday, December 6th.

Firewood and Christmas tree permits can be purchased at several local vendors when Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest offices are closed. Locations with an * also sell forest visitor maps.

Local vendors are: Augusta: Allen’s Manix Store; Choteau: Rex’s Food Farm; *Elliston: Elliston Store; Great Falls: Scheels Sports and North 40 Outfitters; Harlowton: Wheatland County Sheriff’s Department; *Helena: South’s market, Rockhand Hardware, Capital Sports and Western; Hobson: Nancy’s Country Market; Lewistown: Sports Center; *Lincoln: Grizzly Hardware; Neihart: Neihart Inconvenience Store; Stanford: By-Way Service; *Townsend: Town & Ranch True Value; Vaughn: Valley Country Store (Eli’s Sinclair Station); and White Sulphur Springs: Meagher County Sheriff’s Department.


Bob Marshall Wilderness Interactive Trail Conditions Map

Taking a trip to the backcountry and wondering what the trail conditions are right now? Well, wonder no longer! Thanks to the coordination by the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, trail conditions reports and updates is just a click away! View the interactive map with real-time updates!

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Outfitter & Guide Special Use Permit on Rocky Mountain Ranger District


Beginning August 15, 2018, the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest solicited applications from interested parties to provide outfitter and guide services on the Rocky Mountain Ranger District. The district intends to authorize additional service days for existing permits and/or authorize new special use permits that will allow individuals or organizations to conduct commercial outfitter-guide services to the general public on a recurring basis within the specifically-described National Forest System lands on the RMRD.  ***NEW DEADLINE is Friday, November 16, 2018.***

Considering Purchasing an Unpatented Mining Claim??

It is important for any prospective buyer to understand what an unpatented mining claim is, and what the rights of an owner of an unpatented mining claim are.  

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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!


Have You Seen Me?

The Helena National Forest and Montana Discovery Foundation want to team up with YOU to help report sightings of some special wildlife and plant species while you're in the woods!