“The BLM recognizes that hunting is a historic and important use in the area and we want to keep it that way,” Jeff Kitchens, Pompeys Pillar National Monument Manager, said. “But concerns have been raised by both hunters and other visitors to Pompey’s Pillar National Monument. This decision allows us to continue to keep our public lands adjacent to the monument open to hunting, while providing for the public’s safety.” These changes stemmed from the input of hunters who used the site in the past as well as from concerns regarding visitor and BLM staff safety. A complete list of all rules and regulations is available at the PPNM visitor center; BLM Billings Field Office; and the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks office adjacent to Lake Elmo State Park.
Pompeys Pillar contains the signature of Captain William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Clark’s inscription is the expedition’s only remaining physical evidence visible on its actual route. An interpretive center at the site recounts Clark’s journey through the Yellowstone Valley in 1806. More information on the national monument and the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation system can be found at http://blm.gov/99jd. For the latest BLM news and updates visit us on the web at: www.blm.gov/mt/st/en.html and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/BLMMontana.