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April 2, 2020

Oregon man leaves $2M for Montana forest museum

  • Backers of the 30,000-square-foot center still need to raise $3.3 million before starting construction.
    The Missoulian

    MISSOULA, Mont. — In the midst of a lot of bad news, here's a nice change of pace: A former forester and forest conservation advocate from Oregon has bequeathed roughly $2 million to shine a light at the end of a long tunnel to an elusive National Conservation Legacy Center in Missoula.

    Bill Cannon became enamored with the National Museum of Forest Service History after visiting the site west of the Missoula airport and smokejumper center 20 years ago — five years before the capital campaign for the center began but years after the dream of it was hatched.

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