Improve Road & Trail Management

This project will provide essential data to help the park make informed and long-range resource management decisions on some of the biggest road and trail access issues currently confronting Glacier.

Many park projects require elevation and topographic data in order to make small but significant adjustments in road rehabilitation, trail realignment, ecological studies and more. High-resolution Lidar (light detection and ranging) will provide that data in a digital format, allowing project managers to see elevation contour lines that can help to differentiate between a 1% and 2% grade to identify the best route for ADA accessible trails, realign the Inside North Fork Road to mitigate road flooding and many other applications.

Lidar products are easily integrated with additional park data through the park’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Computer Aided Design (CAD) software systems, adding significant value to countless projects across park divisions.

This project leverages funding from two additional sources: The NPS Centennial Challenge and the USGS National 3D Elevation Program, who will contribute up to 50% of the total project cost.