Friends of Pompeys Pillar, in Billings, was selected for the Trail Stewardship Award by The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.
The Friends have worked since 1991 to preserve the major Lewis and Clark site along the Yellowstone River northeast of Billings. The group was instrumental in getting the site transferred from private to public ownership under the Bureau of Land Management in 1991. It worked to obtain the site’s status as a National Monument in 2001. In 2006, the group cooperated with the BLM and other private and public entities to raise funding for an Interpretive Center. That same year, the group hosted a Bicentennial signature event, “Clark on the Yellowstone.”
The Friends host an annual Clark Days event that draws hundreds of people to the site for a day of presentations and hands-on activities. It staffs the Interpretive Center, provides interpreters within the monument, educates elementary school children on field trips and cooperates with the BLM in maintaining the grounds and the Interpretive Center. The Monument is staffed from May through September; the drive is open all year.