Lolo National Forest archeologist recognized for preservation work


Erika Karuzas, Lolo National Forest West Zone Archeologist holding the 2018 Historic Preservation Excellence Award. Forest Service photo by Dave Hattis.

MONTANA – Montana Preservation Alliance recognized Erika Karuzas, Lolo National Forest, Plains/Thompson Falls ranger district, for the preservation of the Big Hole Lookout. MPA selected the Big Hole Lookout as the Outstanding Federal Preservation Project. The lookout is located in Sanders County Montana, northwest of the town of Plains. 

Karuzas, the Lolo west zone archaeologist, utilized Passport in Time volunteers to complete the work. She also worked with the Wild Horse Plains backcountry horsemen and the Northern Region’s historic preservation team. Over 200 trips were made by mule pack trains to move materials needed for the preservation effort. The lookout has been placed to the National Register of Historic Places and will be added to the cabin rental program.