Discover the legacy of the US Forest Service

The National Museum of Forest Service History is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting and preserving the history of the U.S. Forest Service.

Visitor's Center

Info: 406-541-6374

P.O. Box 2772
Missoula, MT 59806

Help Us get to 2020 Members in 2020!

SPECIAL OFFER FOR NEW MEMBERS! Our goal is to have 2020 members by the end of the year 2020, so become a new member today for just $20.20 for the first year. Every contribution helps us continue our cause. Now is a great time to show your support of NMFSH with a one-year Individual Membership!

Partnering With

Western Heritage Company

For every $200* you spend with Western Heritage Company, they will send you a one-year membership to the Museum for FREE! For more details, visit

Join Us for Our

Virtual Annual Meeting

Monday, October 26, 2020
3pm MDT

Admission is FREE!
Advance Registration is required through our host, Arizona Community Tree Council.
Once registered you will receive a ZOOM link for the meeting


2:40-3:00    Zoom meeting space opens
3:00-3:05    Welcome by Executive Director Lisa Tate
3:05-3:20    State of the Museum & Board Introductions by President Tom Thompson
3:20-3:50    Keynote: Caring for the Land, Preserving the Past by Dr. Char Miller, Ph.D
3:50-4:00    Membership Q&A
4:00             Adjourn

Executive Director Lisa Tate

President Tom Thompson

Dr. Char Miller Ph.D

Char Miller is the W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History at Pomona College, in Claremont, California. His most recent books include Theodore Roosevelt: Naturalist in the Arena (2020), Hetch Hetchy: A History in Documents (2020), The Nature of Hope: Grassroots Organizing, Environmental Justice, and Political Change (2019), Ogallala: Water for a Dry Land (2018), San Antonio: A Tricentennial History (2018), and Where There’s Smoke: The Environmental Science, Public Policy, and Politics of Marijuana. Other books include Not So Golden State: Sustainability vs. the California Dream (2016) and America’s Great National Forests, Wildernesses, and Grasslands (2016).

An award-winning teacher and writer, Miller is a Senior Fellow at the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, a Fellow of the Forest History Society and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Museum of Forest Service History.

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Help us build the

National Conservation Legacy and Education Center

  • Fundraising Goal 70% 70%

Goal: $10,583,223

Goal: $10,583,223 
Raised: $7,345,792

Raised: $7,345,792

The National Museum of Forest Service History is currently engaged in a Capital Campaign to build the National Conservation Legacy and Education Center in Missoula, Montana. Once it is built, the Center will be a one-of-a-kind, world class destination. It will showcase America’s conservation history – the U.S. Forest Service, its people, partners, and legacy.

You Can Help!

Now Available Online

View Our Extensive Collection

Over 50,000 Items!

The NMFSH manages its own collection of more than 50,000 artifacts, documents, and memorabilia relating to the history and culture of the Forest Service. This massive archive is online for anyone to use – researchers, students, historians, or anyone with an inquisitive mind!

Featured Exhibit

Case No. 1: 1899-1908 Timber Sale

Explore Our Virtual Exhibit

Case No. 1 was the name given to an 1899 timber sale on U.S. Government land in the Black Hills Forest Reserve in South Dakota. Under this contract, 13 million board feet of ponderosa pine trees were cut from the Forest Reserve by the Homestake Mining Company.