MISSOULA — The nonprofit National Museum of Forest Service History will build a National Conservation Legacy and Education Center along Highway 10 in Missoula, just west of the airport.

“It will be a one-of-a-kind, world-class facility showcasing America’s conservation history and the history of the U.S. Forest Service, its people, partners and legacy,” ” said museum executive director Lisa Tate.

At 30,000 square feet, the center is designed to welcome more than 100,000 visitors a year. A Forest Service fire lookout tower will rise nearly 50 feet above the lobby. The ground level will include historical collections, artifacts, research and educational programs, with designated areas for school groups, researchers, group meetings, volunteers and staff.

Already, a capital campaign has already raised nearly $4.6

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