Comments Sought on Proposed Logan Pass Improvements
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838
Contact: Mary Riddle, 406 888-7898
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Officials at Glacier National Park announce the availability of the Logan Pass Improvements Plan/Environmental Assessment (EA) for a 30-day public review period. As one of the most visited destinations in Glacier, Logan Pass (elev. 6,646 ft.) offers visitors hiking opportunities, spectacular scenic views, wildlife viewing opportunities, a visitor center, shuttle stop and an experience that could last a lifetime. The Logan Pass Improvements EA addresses a variety of issues at this very popular location atop the Continental Divide.
The Logan Pass Improvements Plan/EA evaluates a "no action" alternative and three alternatives with regard to restrooms, the Going-to-the-Sun Road shuttle stop and power requirements at Logan Pass.
The existing restrooms are in poor condition and do not provide enough capacity. The shuttle stop, located in front of the visitor center, has resulted in congestion and confusion. The Logan Pass Visitor Center power comes from an outdated propane generator system that is at risk of permanent failure and cannot be repaired. In addition to updating the generator, additional electricity is needed at Logan Pass for visitor services, park operations, security, communications and the shuttle system.
The preferred alternative addresses restroom condition, accessibility, and capacity issues by rehabilitating and updating the existing restrooms. The plan proposes to construct five additional restrooms adjacent to the parking lot that would also be open during the shoulder season when other facilities at Logan Pass are closed. It recommends replacing the existing outdated generator power system with a more environmentally friendly propane generator system that would have the capacity and provide additional energy for radio, security and the transit system. The preferred alternative also proposes a shuttle stop renovation near the northwest entrance to the parking lot.
Potential impacts proposed by the Plan/EA were evaluated by park resource specialists and other subject matter specialists for the following: cultural resources, soils, vegetation, wildlife, threatened, endangered and species of concern, water resources, visitor use and experience, accessibility, visual resources and health and safety.
The Plan/EA is available for public review for 30 days. All comments must be received at the park by close of business on Friday, March 13, 2009.
The Logan Pass Improvements Plan/EA is available online http://parkplanning.nps.gov/parkHome.cfm?parkId=61. Comments may be submitted at this site or mailed to: Superintendent, Glacier National Park, Attn: Logan Pass EA, P.O. Box 128, West Glacier, Montana 59936.
A hard copy of the EA is also available at local libraries, by writing to the above address or by calling 406-888-7995.
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Did You Know?
If current trends continue, some scientists predict that by the year 2030, Glacier National Park will not contain any glaciers and many of the park's smaller glaciers will melt even sooner.