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The Changing View from the High Alpine

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Date: January 25, 2010
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research ecologist Daniel Fagre, PhD, and his research assistants, Lindsey Bengston, and Erich Peitzsch, will present ongoing research about climate change issues in the alpine landscape, including the Global Observatory Research in the Alpine (GLORIA) campaign, glacier monitoring, and an avalanche vegetation study. Fagre, Bengston and Peitzsch work out of the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center and are stationed at Glacier National Park. This free, lunchtime presentation is open to the general public and will occur on Tuesday, February 2 from noon to 1 p.m. at the West Glacier Community Building located near park headquarters.

Fagre will provide a brief introduction to the recently-published book, The Changing Alpine Treeline of Glacier National Park, Montana.  Edited by David R. Butler, George P. Malanson, Stephen J. Walsh, and Daniel B. Fagre, The Changing Alpine Treeline of Glacier National Park, Montana, 2009, is an excellent resource not only for alpine treeline issues in the context of climate change, but also for wildland and park managers and administrators who are managing for recreation, esthetic interests and visitor use in mountain environments.

These Brown Bag 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?

Jackson Glacier

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.