Glacier National Park
The National Park Service (NPS) Management Policy defines natural soundscapes as “the unimpaired sounds of nature”, something to be preserved, and cherished by those visiting the parks. Think of serene, trickling creeks, cheeping robins, chirping marmots and the lullaby of crickets when dusk sweeps over your favorite park. The NPS protects these natural and cultural sounds that affect the emotions, attitudes and memories of park visitors.
Is that a black bear cub? A badger? No, it’s a wolverine! Wolverines have distinct color patterns on their face, neck and chest making each individual animal unique, and are referred to as “skunk bears” by the Blackfeet Indians. Though their appearance leads most to believe them to be a relative of bears, they are the largest members of the weasel (mustelidae) family that exclusively live on land.
Glacier Park, Inc. (GPI), a subsidiary of Arizona-based Viad Corporation, has announced it will make a substantial investment in the Glacier Park region by purchasing land and several businesses in the West Glacier and Apgar areas.
Barring the unexpected -- a significant late June snowstorm -- the entire Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park in Montana should be open from West Glacier to St. Mary this coming holiday weekend.
Heavy snowfall in Glacier National Park this week has heightened avalanche danger along the Going-to-the-Sun Road and prompted officials to limit access to the road, which has yet to be cleared from end-to-end from winter's snows.
A black bear at Glacier National Park that developed a habit of searching out human food, in one case breaking into a house, has been put down by rangers.
A powerful winter storm has forced closure of many facilities and areas in Glacier National Park in Montana, and park officials Wednesday were developing evacuation plans for some areas of the park if conditions worsen.
Though the calendar says mid-June, winter is returning to Glacier National Park in Montana, where the high country could get up to 2 feet of snow in the coming days, prompting park officials to warn visitors of challenging conditions.
Did you hear the news? National parks, those wondrous and scenic expanses of Nature's eye candy, those wild and rumpled landscapes that test your skills and will kill you if you're not careful and prepared, or maybe just in the wrong place at the wrong time, are boring. They've been transformed -- or, perhaps, kept since their creation -- as "drive-through museums."
Stylish collars and perhaps a splash of paint will mark some mountain goats this summer at Glacier National Park in Montana, where an ongoing study of the animals is moving into its second year.
A young grizzly bear apparently fell to its death in Glacier National Park, where it was found on the Going-to-the-Sun Road by maintenance workers.
Winter doesn't easily let go in places such as Glacier National Park in northern Montana, and while the park will be open for visitors on Memorial Day weekend, not all facilities will be open and hiking conditions could be dicey.
The 2014 operating dates for concessioners within Glacier National Park are scheduled. These concessioners, who work under contract within Glacier National Park, provide visitor services including lodging, food service, retail shops, tours, transportation, horseback riding, guided day hikes and backpacking trips, boat tours and small boat rentals. Services are listed in alphabetical order.
Spring can come slowly in the national parks in the Rocky Mountains, as evidenced by the many weeks it takes to open Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park and Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. And that slow transition of seasons requires you to keep your wits about you if visiting the parks in this season.
Well, the grizzlies are awakening in the Northern Rockies, so this quote from Ed Abbey seems pertinent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.