Public Comment Period Extended on Draft EIS Addressing Avalanche Hazard Reduction for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
Contact: Mary Riddle, 406 888-7898
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Glacier National Park has extended the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) Avalanche Hazard Reduction by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) in Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest, Montana until December 30, 2006. Due to an unexpected delay, the Notice of Availability was not printed in the Federal Register until October 30th, and under NPS policy, the 60 day comment period begins from the date the notice is printed.
Public open houses and hearings are still scheduled for Tuesday, December 5, 2006, at the Red Lion Inn from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Kalispell and on Wednesday, December 6, 2006, in GlacierNational Park’s CommunityBuilding in West Glacier from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Open houses will be held for the first hour and the hearings will be held during the second hour at each session.
A limited number of copies are still available upon request from the park. They can be requested by calling 406-888-7902 or writing the address below. The DEIS can also be found on-line at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?parkId=61&projectId=12355. Written comments can be sent to the park electronically on this website or via the postal service addressed to: Superintendent, GlacierNational Park, Attn: Avalanche Hazard DEIS, P.O. Box 128, WestGlacier, MT59936.
Did You Know?
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.