Glacier Park Updates

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Front End Loader near the West Tunnel 1

While updating the Glacier page on my author’s website, I was happy to discover that the park’s concessionaire, Glacier Park, Inc. has also updated its website with fresh graphics and new information. I like the words on the company site: “Where the ordinary stops and the journey begins.”

Spring Plowing: According to the National Park Service, “Currently 17.0 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel. Visitors can drive 11.5 miles from the West Entrance to Lake McDonald Lodge, and 5.5 miles from the St. Mary Entrance to Rising Sun.” With luck, the spring plowing won’t be as lengthy as it was last year. Check here for the latest on road status.

Proposed Apgar Transit Center Parking Expansion: According to NPS Glacier, The Apgar Transit Center Parking Lot Expansion Environmental Assessment conducted by Glacier National Park specialists is available for public review and comment. Comments are due by May 7, 2012. The park is proposing to expand the Apgar Transit Center parking lot to accommodate increased visitor use of the transit center following the relocation of activities of the Apgar Visitor Center to the transit center. Click here if you wish you wish to comment.

11th Annual Crown of Continent Managers’ Forum: The 2012 Crown Manager’s Forum was held March 19-20 at the Lethbridge Lodge in Lethbridge, Alberta with “Tribes and First Nations in the Crown of the Continent” as this year’s theme. For information about the forum, click here.

Glacier National Park Fund Projects: Current projects include Historic Art and Archives, Historic Structures, Red Bus Endowment, Trails Endowment, Trails Rehabilitation and Native Plant Nursery. For information on these projects and ongoing research, click here. While the Fund has a $100,000 annual goal for trail restoration, I’ve seen no information yet on the proposed adopt-a-trail program mentioned in an earlier post.

Many Glacier Hotel Rehabilitation: According to NPS Glacier, “the rehab work is continuing this spring, but it will be complete by the opening on June 15th. All of the rooms will be available unlike last summer. The dining room is complete as well and the ceiling has been restored to its original height. In the future there is a potential there will be more work done, but at present, the rehab work is finished.”  Updated 4/14/2012.

Malcolm

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