Bringing Solar Power to the North Fork Ranger District

Bringing Solar Power to the North Fork Ranger District

Currently, the North Fork Ranger District is powered by two propane generators that run twenty-four hours a day, all year long. Park staff live and patrol the North Fork District all year in order to protect and monitor park resources, make visitor contacts and...

Implementing Waterton-Glacier International Dark Sky Designation

In 2016, the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park will receive provisional status as the world’s first International Transboundary Dark Sky Preserve – a recognition three years in the making. The International Dark Sky Association will remove the...

Installing Renewable Energy Technology at Logan Pass

Improving the electrical system at the Logan Pass visitor center, one of the most heavily visited areas in the park, will help reduce sound pollution and demonstrate a commitment to sustainable energy options in every area of the park. This visitor center and...
Reducing Sound Pollution in the Backcountry

Reducing Sound Pollution in the Backcountry

At the present time, park staff operates gas-powered tools such as chainsaws to complete a wide range of necessary jobs throughout the park’s backcountry. The funds from this grant would replace older model gas-powered tools with quiet, low or zero emissions...
Reintroducing Bison to Glacier National Park

Reintroducing Bison to Glacier National Park

The yearly cycle of the Blackfeet began in early spring as individual bands left their winter camps to begin an intensive season of hunting and root collecting. Women and children went to the mountains to dig for roots, while small bands of hunters moved east, seeking...
Preserving the Historic Wheeler Cabin on Lake McDonald

Preserving the Historic Wheeler Cabin on Lake McDonald

THANKS TO JOHN & SARAH GRAVES FOR PARTIALLY FUNDING THIS PROJECT $115,000 still needed to fund this project in full Visiting the Wheeler property is like going back in time. In 1916, Montana Senator Burton Wheeler and his wife Lulu purchased a cabin on the eastern...
Glacier Park Preservation Field School

Glacier Park Preservation Field School

THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN FULLY FUNDED BY JOHN & SARAH GRAVES The Glacier Park Preservation Field School is a budding partnership project between the Glacier National Park Conservancy, Montana Preservation Alliance, Glacier National Park, the University of Montana and...
Preston Park Trail Upgrade

Preston Park Trail Upgrade

Preston Park, a fragile high alpine meadow stretch along the Siyeh Pass trail is a favorite among Glacier’s backcountry enthusiasts. The trail in this area has eroded to the point where certain sections behave like a drain, creating further erosion and forcing hikers...
Preserving the Park’s Backcountry Character

Preserving the Park’s Backcountry Character

Glacier National Park has an increase in visitation year after year and the main attraction is driving along the Going-to-Sun Road. But how many visitors are recreating in the more remote parts of the park? This project will continue and expand on a study (partially...
Safe Backcountry Food Storage

Safe Backcountry Food Storage

A new lightweight bear resistant food storage bag has been approved for use in Grizzly Bear habitat. This project will purchase Ursacks that will be available for check-out from the backcountry permit office prior to backcountry hiking.
Funding the Falls

Funding the Falls

One of the most popular draws for visitors to Glacier National Park is the accessibility of waterfalls. Visitors of the park consider these features the highlight of their visit. Currently four popular waterfall sites are in urgent need of repair. Appistoki Falls: Not...
Improving Sustainable Transportation Options

Improving Sustainable Transportation Options

Glacier National Park purchased a fleet of buses nearly 10 years ago to launch its free visitor shuttle program. The initiation of the shuttle system was federally funded. Over 160,000 people utilized the free shuttles last year, reducing road and parking congestion...
Increasing Access at Swiftcurrent Lake Trail

Increasing Access at Swiftcurrent Lake Trail

The 2.5 mile Swiftcurrent Lake Trail in the popular Many Glacier Valley not only has spectacular views but also is relatively flat and can be accessed from the Many Glacier Hotel, as well as the Grinnell Picnic area, making it a great choice to build a new accessible...
Extending Hidden Lake Boardwalk

Extending Hidden Lake Boardwalk

Six thousand visitors arrive to Logan Pass every day during the few short months it is open each summer and many of them head out on the 1.5 mile trail to the Hidden Lake Overlook to view some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Glacier. However, the alpine...
Appekunny Falls Trail Rehabilitation

Appekunny Falls Trail Rehabilitation

The Appekunny Falls Trail in the popular Many Glacier Valley leads to an impressive view of the falls. The trail is becoming increasingly difficult to traverse for visitors and park staff due to lack of maintenance, increased visitor use and erosion. Currently,...
Glacier Park Bear Management Fund

Glacier Park Bear Management Fund

With nearly 300 grizzly bears, Glacier National Park is home to the highest density of grizzly bears in the lower 48 states. Add in approximately 600 black bears and over 2 million human visitors per year, and the stage is set for a challenging management situation....
Training the 21st Century Park Ranger

Training the 21st Century Park Ranger

In a technology dominated world, there is still a desire to visit wild places and reconnect to a simpler life. The Wilderness Act of 1964 preserved wild places and provided a management framework to maintain them, but ironically, increasing technological...
Backcountry Emergency Response

Backcountry Emergency Response

Only a few miles inside of the main park gates, visitors lose communication with the rest of the world. Without phone or Internet service, Glacier can be enjoyed much the same as it was a century ago. However, park staff are challenged daily to provide quick response...
Connecting People to Park History

Connecting People to Park History

Glacier National Park’s archive has tens of thousands of photos and documents in its care. One of the major challenges the park faces is how to best share these unique historic items with the general public. An onsite visit to the park’s archives will always be the...
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