British Columbia, Montana Officials Sign Agreement to Protect Glacier, Waterton Lakes National Parks

Officials from British Columbia and Montana have finalized an agreement to collaborate on protecting the environment of the Flathead River Basin from energy development. The agreement not only is designed to safeguard Glacier National Park in Montana and Waterton Lakes National Park in British Columbia from environmental contamination, but goes further, promising that the two will work on climate change issues as well as renewable energy solutions.

Montana Senators Plan Bill to Ban Mining and Energy Development Near Glacier National Park

Raft on North Fork. USFS photo.
Both U. S. Senators from Montana say they will introduce a bill to ban mining and oil and gas development on federal lands in the North Fork Flathead drainage, which forms the western boundary of Glacier National Park. The announcement comes after Canadian officials took similar steps north of the border.

"Disabled Traveler's Companion" Offers Valuable Accessibility Insights for Visiting National Parks

Let's face it, the National Park Service is making strides in addressing ADA needs, but has a ways to go. One couple that frequently travels to parks is making it easier for disabled travelers to anticipate what their visits will be like through websites that assess individual park's accessibility factors.

Updated: British Columbia Officials Say "No" To Mining in Canadian Flathead North Of Glacier National Park

On the eve of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the lieutenant governor of British Columbia has announced that the province will not allow mining in the Canadian Flathead just north of Glacier National Park and due west of Waterton Lakes National Park.

Obama Administration Draws Criticism for Declining ESA Protection To Pikas

A diminutive creature that struggles with warmer temperatures brought on by climate change will not receive Endangered Species Act protection for its predicament, the Obama administration has decided in a move that brought quick condemnation from some corners.
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U.S. Highway 89: The Scenic Route to Seven National Parks U.S. 89 is a relatively narrow thread of pavement that wends its way 1,600 miles from Glacier National Park in northern Montana to Tumacacori National Historical Park in southern Arizona. Along the way, it passes through five states, past seven units of the National Park System, and through thousands of years of human experience. Ann Torrence captures this sliver of history in words and photographs in a story that is decided off the racetrack known as the interstate highway system.

Moonlight Cross-Country Ski Outings Scheduled at Glacier National Park

When clear nights coincide with full moons in the Rockies, the snow-covered landscape can be so illuminated to make it possible to explore after sundown without need of a headlamp. In Glacier National Park, a ranger will help you explore parts of the park under a full moon on cross-country skis, a nice twist to the usual snowshoe hikes.

International Team Says Mining In Canadian Flathead Would Harm Glacier, Waterton Lakes National Parks

An international team of scientists has concluded that mining in the "Canadian Flathead" north of Glacier National Park would harm both Glacier and the adjoining Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada.

Long-Needed Rehabilitation Work Under Way at Glacier National Park's Many Glacier Hotel

One of the most beautiful settings for a national park stay is Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park. Set on the shores of Swift Current Lake with a view of the craggy Rockies in all directions, the lodge is one of the venerable old souls of the National Park System's lodging fraternity. But, sadly, it's well-worn and shabby in places. To remedy that, there's a renovation plan under way.

Reader Participation Survey: Help Us Name the Top 100 National Park Locations to See Before You Die

Earlier this week we touched on the national parks mentioned in the book, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Somehow, Mammoth Cave National Park didn't make the cut, and if you've been there, you know it should have. Help us compile a list of the top 100 national park locations to see before you die. We'll start the list.