|Lewis and Clark National Forest|
|IUCN Category VI (Managed Resource Protected Area)|
|Nearest city||Great Falls, MT|
|Area||1. Montana ( is a state in the Western United States. One-third of the state in the western part contains numerous mountain ranges (approximately 77 named of the northern The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Great Falls is a city in and the County seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. 8 million acres (7,300 km²)|
|Governing body||U.S. Forest Service|
Lewis and Clark National Forest is located in west central Montana, United States. Year 1897 ( MDCCCXCVII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Common Montana ( is a state in the Western United States. One-third of the state in the western part contains numerous mountain ranges (approximately 77 named of the northern The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Spanning 2,800 square miles (7,300 km²), the forest is managed as two separate zones. The eastern sections, under the Jefferson Division, is a mixture of grass and shrublands dotted with "island" pockets of forested areas. Grass is the common word that generally describes Monocotyledonous green Plants The family Gramineae ( Poaceae) are the "true grasses" and include Shirley is a place in the London Borough of Croydon, England. Here, cattle leases to local ranchers as well as timber harvesting are the norm. Cattle, colloquially referred to as cows, are domesticated Ungulates a member of the Subfamily Bovinae of the family Forestry is the Art and Science of managing forests tree Plantations and related Natural resources. The western Rocky Mountain Division which straddles the Continental divide, is more oriented more towards preservation, primarily because much of the land has been designated as wilderness. A continental divide is a line of elevated Terrain which forms a border between two watersheds such that Water falling on one side of the line eventually Environmental preservation is the strict setting aside of natural resources for their aesthetic value rather than letting them be modified for economic gain Wilderness is generally defined as a Natural environment on Earth that has not been significantly modified by Human activity Forest headquarters are located in Great Falls, Montana. Great Falls is a city in and the County seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States.
The forest lands were originally created in 1897 which makes this forest one of the oldest forest preserves in the U. Year 1897 ( MDCCCXCVII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Common S. The forest is named in honor of the members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which passed through the forest between 1804 and 1806. Year 1804 ( MDCCCIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Year 1806 ( MDCCCVI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Prior to that the region was inhabited by Indians for a period of at least 8,000 years and when the expedition first came to the area, the Blackfeet, Sioux, Cheyenne, Flathead and Crow Indians all utilized the forest for hunting and as protection from the winter. The Piegan Blackfeet ( Aamsskáápipikani (Southern Pikáni /Piegan or simply as Pikáni in Blackfoot) are a tribe of Native Americans Sioux (pronounced SUE are a Native American and First Nations people Cheyenne are a Native American nation of the Great Plains. The Cheyenne Nation is composed of two united tribes, the Só'taa'e (more commonly The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation are the Bitterroot Salish, Kootenai and Pend d'Oreilles Tribes The Crow, also called the Absaroka or Apsáalooke, are a tribe of Native Americans who historically lived in the Yellowstone
Altitudes range from 4,500 feet (1,400 m) to the top of Rocky Mountain Peak at 9,362 feet (2,900 m). The forest is divided into seven separate sections and encompasses eight mountain ranges; the Judith, Big Snowy, Little Snowy, Crazy, Castle, Little Belt, Big Belt and Highwood Mountains. A mountain is a Landform that extends above the surrounding Terrain in a limited area with a peak The Judith Mountains are located in the north central area in the U The Crazy Mountains, often called the Crazies, are a mountain range in the northern Rocky Mountains in the U The Big Belt Mountains are a section of the Rocky Mountains in the U The Highwood Mountains cover approximately 4659 km² (1799 sq mi in north central Montana in the U The westernmost section includes portions of the Great Bear, Scapegoat and the Bob Marshall Wildernesses, and also borders Glacier National Park, which is to the north. The Great Bear Wilderness is located in northern Montana, United States, within Lewis and Clark National Forest Created by an act of Congress The Scapegoat Wilderness consists of 239936 acres (971 km² spread across three different National Forests in the U The Bob Marshall Wilderness is located in western Montana in the United States and is named after Bob Marshall (1901-1939 an early forester conservationist Glacier National Park is located in the US state of Montana, bordering the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.
The western Rocky Mountain Division consists of a dense coniferous forest and has numerous species of spruce, fir, larch and pine. Spruce refers to Trees of the genus Picea, a genus of about 35 species of Coniferous Evergreen trees in the Family Pinaceae Firs ( Abies) are a genus of between 45-55 species of Evergreen conifers in the family Pinaceae. Larches are Conifers in the genus Larix, in the family Pinaceae. This article is about the tree For other uses of the term "pine" see Pine (disambiguation. The Jeffereson Division is dominated by ponderosa and lodgepole pine which prefer a dryer climate. Ponderosa Pine ( Pinus ponderosa) sometimes called Bull Pine or Western Yellow Pine is a widespread and variable Pine native to western North Lodgepole Pine ( Pinus contorta) is a common Tree in western North America. The Grizzly bear and wolf are found in the western sections of the forest, and are especially dense in the designated wilderness areas. The Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis, also known as the Silvertip Bear, is a Subspecies of Brown bear (Ursus arctos that lives The grey wolf or gray wolf ( Canis lupus) also known as the timber wolf or simply wolf, is a Mammal of the order Carnivora In addition, the western section contains much of the wildlife present when the Lewis and Clark Expedition first passed through the region. Mountain goats, bighorn sheep, elk, mountain lions, lynx, wolverines and black bears are most common nearest the Continental divide. The Mountain Goat ( Oreamnos americanus) also known as the Rocky Mountain Goat, is a large-hoofed mammal found only in North America. Bighorn Sheep ( Ovis canadensis) is a species of sheep in North America and Siberia with large horns which can weigh up to. The elk, or wapiti ( Cervus canadensis) is one of the largest Species of Deer in the world and one of the largest Mammals in The cougar ( Puma concolor) also puma, mountain lion, or panther, depending on region is a Mammal of the Felidae family A lynx is any of four medium-sized wild cats. All are members of the Genus Lynx, but there is considerable confusion about the best way to classify The American Black Bear ( Ursus americanus) is the most common Bear Species native to North America. In other sections of the forest, black bears, mule deer and white-tailed deer are the largest mammals found. The mule deer ( Odocoileus hemionus) is a Deer whose habitat is in the western half of North America. The White-tailed deer ( Odocoileus virginianus) also known as the Virginia deer, or simply as the whitetail, is a medium-sized Deer found throughout Throughout the forest, Bald Eagles, grouse, peregrine falcon and red tailed hawks are increasing in numbers. The Bald Eagle ( Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a Bird of prey found in North America that is most recognizable as the national bird and Grouse are a group of birds from the order Galliformes. Often considered a family Tetraonidae, the American Ornithologists' Union The Peregrine Falcon ( Falco peregrinus) also known simply as the Peregrine, and historically as the "Duck Hawk" in North America is a The term hawk can be used in several ways In strict usage in Europe and Asia, to mean any of the Species in the Subfamily Lakes and streams are more numerous in the western section due to a higher altitude and more precipitation and are home to the rare westslope cutthroat trout, which may become the one of the latest endangered species. The cutthroat trout ( Oncorhynchus clarki) is a Species of Freshwater Fish in the salmon family of order An endangered species is a population of an organism which is at risk of becoming Extinct because it is either few in numbers or threatened by changing environmental or predation In the 1,600 miles (2,600 km) of rivers and streams in the forest, Rainbow trout, brook trout and northern pike are relatively common however. The rainbow trout ( Oncorhynchus mykiss) is a species of Salmonid native to tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in Asia and North America The brook trout, Salvelinus fontinalis, (sometimes called the eastern brook trout, Adirondack coaster lake trout) is a Species of Fish The northern pike (known as the pike in Britain Esox lucius, is a Species of carnivorous Fish of the genus Esox (the pikes Excellent fly fishing opportunities are plentiful, especially in the Smith River. Fly fishing is a distinct and ancient Angling method most renowned as a method for catching Trout and Salmon, but employed today for a wide variety of
There are 29 vehicle-accessible campgrounds to be found on the Lewis and Clark National Forest. Description The term "camp" comes from the Latin word campus, meaning field Two ski areas also operate within the forest. A ski is a long flat device worn on the feet designed to help the wearer slide smoothly over snow Almost 1,500 miles (2,400 km) of hiking trails provide access to remote locations in the seven different mountain ranges over which the forest presides. The word 'hiking' is understood in all English-speaking countries but there are differences in usage Solitude is most common in the Crazy Mountains and in the wilderness areas near the Continental divide. Summertime average high temperatures are in the 70s °F (20s °C), but the winter can be very cold, especially in the more exposed eastern sections and snow can linger for up to 10 months of the year along the Continental divide.
The forest lies in parts of thirteen counties. In descending order of land area they are Lewis and Clark, Meagher, Judith Basin, Teton, Cascade, Pondera, Fergus, Wheatland, Chouteau, Glacier, Golden Valley, Sweet Grass, and Park counties. Lewis and Clark County is a County located in the US state of Montana. Meagher County (pronounced Marr is a County located in the US Judith Basin County is a County located in the US state of Montana. Teton County is a County located in the US state of Montana. As of 2000, the population was 6445 Cascade County is a County located in the state of Montana, United States. Pondera County is a County located in the US state of Montana. Fergus County is a County located in the US state of Montana. Wheatland County is a County located in the US state of Montana. Chouteau County is a County located in the North-Central region of the U Glacier County is a County located in the US state of Montana. Golden Valley County is a County located in the US state of Montana. Sweet Grass County is a County located in the US state of Montana. Park County is a County located in the US state of Montana. As of 2000, the population is 15694