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    HELENA—The Commerce Department, the Montana Department of Transportation and the Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission have teamed up to help Montanans and their visitors commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Corps of Discovery.

    Officials from all three organizations on Friday presented the 2005-2006 Lewis and Clark Commemorative Edition of the Montana Highway Map to Governor Brian Schweitzer. “This is a great opportunity to commemorate a part of Montana’s history,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer. “The next two years will mark special events here in Montana that the whole nation can enjoy.”

    The map features the state’s two National Lewis and Clark Signature events, “Explore! The Big Sky” June 1-July 4 this year from Great Falls to Fort Benton, and “Clark on the Yellowstone” July 22-25 in the Billings area next year. It highlights the many places to visit along the Lewis and Clark trail in Montana and provides web sites and phone numbers for more information on special events.

    “This map is a great example of how government agencies and the private sector have worked together to prepare Montana for the two years that we will be in the national spotlight of the Lewis and Clark commemoration,” Montana Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commission Executive Director Clint Blackwood said.

    “Given Montana’s prominence in the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the national exposure the bicentennial has been receiving, we feel this commemorative map is an excellent way to showcase Montana’s unparalled role in the Journey that has captivated the nation’s attention,” said Betsy Baumgart, administrator, Department of Commerce, Montana Promotion Division.

    One million highway maps are printed annually, according to Jim Lynch, director of the Department of Transportation. These maps are distributed over the course of the year and are used in large part by Montana residents.

    The agencies thanked Governor Schweitzer and the Legislature for their continued support and enthusiasm for the bicentennial in Montana. “Our communities and tourism partners throughout the state have been working very diligently over a number of years to organize and coordinate events, interpretive displays and educational opportunities to share with our visitors regarding the Lewis and Clark story,” Baumgart said. “These components will all contribute to a lasting Lewis and Clark legacy in Montana.”

    Information on events and activities is available at . The new map can be ordered by calling 1-800-847-4868 or on the web at .



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