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The Lewis and Clark Expedition on National Forests and Grasslands

[graphic] A an outline of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark pointing off in the distance.  Text on the image reads, Jefferson's Captains wet up the Missiouri into the West in search of ideas shaped by imagination and born of desire.  The idea of a western wonderland - all these seemed waiting to be found in shapes of earth, rock and water just over the horizon.

Take Your Own Journey of Discovery

On many National Forests and Grasslands, you can stand in the exact places where Lewis and Clark did, imagine what they saw, and discover what has changed. By reading their journals and comparing the landscapes they described 200 years ago to those we now see, we can better understand the complexity of nature – how wind, fire and flood shape forests, plains, and rivers, and influence fish and wildlife. We can then consider the effects of human activities like fighting fires, harvesting timber, taming rivers, and grazing livestock. Comparing the present to the past helps us to evaluate our success as stewards of public lands. The ultimate challenge is to sustain and conserve America’s wild nature and wild places for future use and wonderment as out human population and demands on resources grow.

What role can we play as explorers in a new age of discovery and restoration? What can we gain from our own personal journey on the Lewis and Clark Trail? Find out by visiting a National Forest or Grassland today.