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Search & Rescue in Glacier National Park: Then and Now

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Date: January 15, 2010
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838

WEST GLACIER, MONT. –Have you ever wondered what goes on during a search and rescue mission in Glacier National Park? If so, plan to join Park Ranger Gary Moses in a presentation of “Search & Rescue in Glacier National Park: Then and Now” on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, from 12-12:45 p.m. at the West Glacier Community Building.

Moses will provide a brief look at the history of search and rescue events in Glacier, how the missions were carried out, and how current technology is both helpful and challenging to rangers responsible for carrying out sometimes complex rescues in remote and difficult terrain.

Gary Moses has been the Lake McDonald SubDistrict/District Ranger at Glacier National Park since 1991 and has worked 25 years for the National Park Service. In 2008, Moses received the Harry Yount National Park Ranger Award for excellence in the field of "rangering.”

In his position at Glacier, Moses serves as a law enforcement officer, bear management coordinator, park medic, structural and wildfire firefighter, SCUBA diver, mountaineer, and college wildlife management instructor and is the parkwide structural fire management coordinator. Moses has extensive experience with special event and tactical teams (SETT), backcountry operations, concession relations, and search and rescues.

Prior to his arrival at Glacier in 1989 as a seasonal ranger, Moses worked at various locations in Yellowstone National Park and at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Marietta, Georgia.

These free, lunchtime lectures are made available by Glacier National Park’s Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center: http://www.nps.gov/glac/naturescience/ccrlc.htm .

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Did You Know?

Snow can fall at any time of the year in Glacier

Did you know that eight inches of snow fell during one night in Glacier's high country in August, 2005? The weather forced hundreds of backpackers out of the backcountry.