Glacier National Park

Quote For The Day: Ed Abbey On Grizzly Bears And Humans

Well, the grizzlies are awakening in the Northern Rockies, so this quote from Ed Abbey seems pertinent.

Videos Offer A Plow Operator's View Of The Challenges Of Spring Road Openings In Parks

Millions of winter-weary residents of the Upper Midwest and Northeast hope they can soon put away their snow shovels for the current season, but in a number of national parks, the job of clearing snow from roads in preparation for the upcoming summer season is just getting underway. It's a mammoth job indeed, and these videos offer some interesting views from the cabs of the plows.

Railroad Receives Permission To Do Avalanche Control At Glacier National Park

That booming sound you hear near the southern boundary of Glacier National Park could be from explosives used to do avalanche control above the tracks of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks.
Philanthropy and the National Park Service National park partners -- friends groups and cooperating associations -- are integral to the health of the National Park System in these days of economic malaise and political dogfighting. But is the National Park Service properly leveraging, or even monitoring, those groups? Not according to a book examining park philanthropy.

Congress Passes Wilderness Bill For Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Halfway To Withdrawing Lands Near Glacier National Park From Leasing

With a simple voice vote, the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation to set aside 32,500 acres of official wilderness at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and to further protect Glacier National Park from oil and gas exploration.

National Parks Generate Billions In Economic Activity

How far the national parks have come, from being described in the 19th century as unproductive wastelands to get congressional approval to now being described as economic engines that are behind nearly $27 billion in business.

Which National Park Drives Are On Your 2014 Calendar?

With the travel season not too far off, you should be planning your national park adventures. If you're looking for a great scenic drive, we offer the following for your consideration.

Photo History From National Park Lookouts Shows Landscape Changes Over 70+ Years

There's an intriguing page within the vast nps.gov domain that opens a wonderful portal of history, one that allows us to compare today with yesteryear. The site, within the National Park Service Fire and Aviation Management section, compares historic photos taken from fire lookouts in the National Park System with today's landscapes.
The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be Is the natural world that surrounds you the same as the one that surrounded your parents, or your grandparents? What about that of your great-grandparents? The short answer, of course, is 'no.'

Deadline Extended Over Whether Wolverine Needs Endangered Species Act Protection

A debate over whether the wolverine needs Endangered Species Act protection has prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to extend its deadline for making the decision on that question.

Interested In NPS History? New "National Park Electronic Library" Offers A Great Resource

The ability of the NPS and other government agencies to maintain some useful websites is proving to be a serious challenge in the face of budget cuts, and that trend seems unlikely to change. Now a pair of private citizens has stepped forward help fill that gap with a new national park history site called "National Park Electronic Library."

Photography In The Parks: What's In Your Camera Bag?

What goes into Rebecca Latson's camera bag? We asked her that, and other, questions, with hopes the answers will benefit us all.

This "Cairn That Really Isn't" Has A Long History At Glacier National Park

It's not unusual for find piles of stones marking the way for trails across open terrain in mountains, deserts and terrain otherwise devoid of easily recognizable landmarks, but these "cairns" can evoke a surprising amount of controversy both in an out of national parks. Sometimes, however, what appears to be a cairn is actually instead an item of historic interest.

Snow Closes Part Of Going-To-The-Sun Road In Glacier National Park

Even if Congress finds a way to keep the federal government operating beyond midnight, part of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park still might be closed Tuesday...due to snow.

Bears Out In Force In Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Teton National Parks

Earlier this month Yellowstone National Park officials issued a release warning that grizzly bears very possibly would be active in their search for food this fall and humans should be especially alert. Well, it seems the bears took that message to heart.

Going-To-Sun Road In Glacier National Park Will Close, Partially, This Sunday

So crews can get back to full speed rehabbing the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, access to Logan Pass via that road from St. Mary will end Sunday evening.

Glacier National Park To Study Logan Pass Mountain Goats And How Humans Affect Them

So habituated to human visitors are mountain goats at Glacier National Park that they can seem as docile and innocent as sheep. To better understand exactly how habituated mountain goats have become to human invasions, the park and the University of Montana are studying how the goats are affected by people, trails, and roads in the Logan Pass area.

Beware Of Bears In Search Of Meals In Western National Parks

Fall is speeding our way, and for wildlife, that means it's time to pack on the calories. In western national parks such as Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Glacier, that means bears are on the prowl looking for some good meals.

Wife Allegedly Pushed Her Husband Off Glacier National Park Cliff To His Death

A newly married bride has been accused of pushing her husband to his death off a cliff in Glacier National Park.

Photography In The National Parks: Capturing The Fall

As the harbinger of winter, the autumn season brings a sense of peace and introspection with its quiet isolation, broken only by the occasional haunting call of a bull elk. Crowds are fewer and dispersed. Colors are saturated. The air is clear and crisp. It’s these elements combined together that make fall my favorite season for photography.

Fall In The National Parks: A Perfect Season For Catching The Wild Side Of The Park System

Wonderment and joy unfold in the national parks come fall when the wild kingdom becomes more visible, literally voicing the call of the wild in parks such as Great Smoky Mountains or Rocky Mountain or winging overhead in any number of parks.

Though Still Going Strong At 93, Seasonal Ranger At Glacier National Park Thinking About Retiring

At 93-years-old, Glacier National Park Ranger Lyle Ruterbories is contemplating retirement from his seasonal position at Kintla Lake Campground, but isn’t quite ready to make it official.

Around The Parks: Fishers In North Cascades And Mount Rainier, Yosemite Youth Programs, Glacier Conservancy Gets CEO

Fisher recovery programs at North Cascades and Mount Rainier national parks, youth programs at Yosemite National Park, and the Glacier National Park Conservancy are among the news items from around the National Park System this week.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts Lands Contract To Operate Glacier National Park Concessions

Xanterra Parks & Resorts, which already operates concessions at Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Zion, Death Valley, and Crater Lake national parks, soon will add Glacier National Park to its portfolio.

Fall In The National Parks: A Kaleidoscope Of National Park Leaf-Peeping Drives

There is a magical quality to fall visits to Shenandoah National Park as mile after mile of trees blazing with vivid reds, oranges, and yellows come into view along Skyline Drive. In Rocky Mountain National Park, the aspen groves you see along the lower reaches of Trail Ridge Road turn so vividly gold in the fall that they take your breath away.

Glacier National Park's Rising Sun Campground Closed Due To Bears

A popular, front-country campground in Glacier National Park has been temporarily closed due to bears searching for meals there.

Fall In The National Parks: Ride Off Into The West, And A National Park, From A Dude Ranch

It’s after a soft, pattering rain, with the clouds clearing and the sun streaming through, that the essence of the Western landscape rises up. The pungent scent of sagebrush is wicked up by the moist air, mingling with the sweet aroma of pine.
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