Join the National Museum of Forest Service History in our mission.

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


The National Conservation Legacy and Education Center will showcase the history of the Forest Service.

Preparation for the construction of the National Conservation Legacy and Education Center is underway in Missoula, Montana. Once it is built, the Center will be a state-of-the-art showcase the public can visit to learn about the Forest Service, its people and its legacy.


What people are saying.

“The Forest Service is proud of our rich history and we are eager to share this with the public. The lessons we have learned since our inception will help our nation tackle current and future challenges such as climate change, land restoration, and water conservation…I encourage the efforts to establish a conservation and education center that preserves the history of the Forest Service and interprets its contributions to our nation’s conservation legacy.”

– Tom Tidwell, Chief, U.S. Forest Service

About our collection.

The NMFSH manages its own collection of more than 20,000 artifacts, records, publications, documents, and memorabilia relating to the history, programs, activities and culture of the Forest Service.


The Madison River Canyon Earthquake virtual exhibit.

The Madison River Canyon Earthquake shook the Gallatin National Forest and Yellowstone National Park in 1959. A massive landslide blocked the Madison River creating Earthquake Lake and 28 campers were lost to the event.

With this virtual exhibit, learn about one of the largest earthquakes in U.S. history and read accounts from its survivors.


Get involved in the history of the U.S. Forest Service!