When the Sperry Chalet dormitory building was lost to the Sprague Fire in August 2017, the Glacier National Park Conservancy established the Sperry Action Fund to help support the immediate needs and possible future needs for restoration of the complex.
Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, the Sperry Action Fund fully supported the initial request by Glacier National Park for the winter stabilization project.
Looking into 2018 and beyond, we anticipate additional requests from the park as site restoration continues, and we'll be ready to answer the call.
An initial emergency fund of $90,000 was established and as of September 28, an additional $16,200 was requested to fund the following:
- We hired DCI + BCE Engineers, the same firm that consulted on repairs to the chalet after it was damaged by an avalanche in 2011, to assess the integrity of the remaining structure and recommend stabilization actions to protect the remains through the winter
- We purchased the necessary materials for the stabilization work, including transportation via helicopter to the site
- The Glacier Park crew stabilized the walls, sandwiched the gables with plywood, and surrounded the chimneys with collars of wood, protecting the remaining stone structure from severe wind and snow loads
The Sperry Action Fund is in addition to the more than 50 projects and programs the park has requested funding for in the coming year, and your support, along with our partnership with the park allows for a quick response to unanticipated and urgent situations like this. When time is of the essence, private philanthropy allows us to react immediately to critical park needs.
All donations to this fund will be reserved for projects related to the Sperry Chalet complex.
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