Grant brings Forest Service Museum closer to construction

Joshua Murdock

The National Museum of Forest Service History’s long awaited “flagship facility” is one step closer to reality, as are its planned exhibits, with a grant the project was awarded this week. 

The nonprofit museum announced Wednesday that it received $400,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The museum was one of 16 recipients of NEH Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants this year. NEH awarded $28.1 million to 204 projects nationwide across a variety of grant types. 

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The museum, founded in 1988, sits on a 31-acre campus that currently features a small visitor center, an interpretive trail and an amphitheater about a mile west of the Missoula International Airport. The museum is a nonprofit and not part of the U.S. Forest Service. Executive Director Lisa Tate said in a phone call Friday that the museum is nearing completion of a $14.5 million capital campaign to construct the museum’s “flagship facility”: the National Conservation Legacy Center. The museum envisions “a world-class exhibition for the center when it opens,” she said. 

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