Many Glacier Wildlife Viewing Plan and Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review, Comment
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838
Contact: Mary Riddle, 406 888-7898
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Glacier National Park officials announce the availability of the Many Glacier Wildlife Viewing Plan/Environmental Assessment (EA) that presents a plan for wildlife viewing opportunities along the Many Glacier Road corridor and analyzes potential effects on park resources. The Plan/EA is available for public review and comment. A public meeting will be held Wednesday, October 6 from 5-7 p.m. in the St. Mary Visitor Center. Comments are due by Friday, October 15, 2010.
The Many Glacier Wildlife Viewing Plan is focused on providing visitors with exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities in one of the most popular and memorable places in the park while protecting wildlife and their travel routes across the Many Glacier Road.
Two alternatives are analyzed: 1) Alternative A (No Action) and 2) Alternative B (Preferred). The preferred alternative provides for increased educational opportunities, development of a new pullout on the Many Glacier Road, enlarging and or improving existing pullouts in popular wildlife viewing areas, formalizing some undesignated pullouts and removing some pullouts that are located too close to places where wildlife frequently cross the road.
A formal wildlife viewing area would be constructed in the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn parking lot and orientation to the Iceberg Lake/Ptarmigan Trail would be improved. The plan also calls for a short trail into the meadow at Apikuni Flat, formalizing and surfacing the foot and bicycle path between the Many Glacier Hotel "T" intersection and Swiftcurrent parking lot and reducing the speed limit along the road from 45 to 35 miles per hour.
The proposed formal wildlife viewing area in the Swiftcurrent Parking Lot is one of the legacy projects being funded by the Glacier National Park Fund in honor of the park's centennial.
The Plan/EA is available by visiting the park's planning Web site: http://parkplanning.nps.gov and scrolling down to locate the project title. Comments may be submitted through this Web site or by writing to: Superintendent, Glacier National Park, Attn: Wildlife Viewing Plan, West Glacier, Montana 59936.
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Did You Know?
Grizzly bears in the park have a wide variety of food sources, including glacier lily bulbs, insects, and berries. They may also make an early season meal of mountain goats that were swept down in avalanches over the winter.