The National Historic Lookout Register is a cooperative effort of the U.S. Forest Service, the Forest Fire Lookout Association, state agencies and other private groups to recognize historic fire lookouts throughout the United States. For over a century, lookouts have been a proud symbol of forest conservation. Here, we recognize individual lookouts that have helped in fire detection and wildfire management for at least 50 years.
Listing in the National Historic Lookout Register is often a first step towards nomination to the National Register of Historic Places maintained by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Sometimes necessary structural modifications preclude listing in the latter register, and the only appropriate recognition given to these historic lookout sites is that afforded by the NHLR.