The following objectives presented by the
superintendent of Glacier National Park reflect management's needs and
park goals relative to this master plan.
Glacier National Park, the larger portion of
Glacier-Waterton Lakes International Peace Park, will be managed in
accordance with the management policies for a natural area:
Glacier will be managed on a year-round-use
Management of the park will be geared to maximum
enjoyment of the resources by visitors from May 30 through October 15.
From December 15 through March 15, winter use of the park will be
encouraged where appropriate and in keeping with Service policies and
Management of the park will continue to be
centralized at West Glacier park headquarters. This complex will support
the east and west side districts.
Cooperative activities with Waterton Lakes National
Park, Canada, will be promoted to revitalize and make the world's first
international peace park more meaningful. This will be exemplified by
exchange interpretive programs, joint brochure and other publications
when feasible, interrelated exhibits and signs, and joint efforts to
promote the universal values of parks to citizens of the world.
Park management and development, to the greatest
degree possible, must be keyed to and coordinated with the plans and
activities of adjacent land management agencies for recreation, camping,
and other outdoor activities outside the park.
Acquisition of all the privately owned lands within
the park is a definite goal. Acquisition of private lands will be geared
Within the policy framework noted above, private
lands within the Lake McDonald portion of the park should be acquired as
first priority and structures should be removed as soon after purchase
as is practicable.
Park ecosystems will be managed to protect, preserve,
or restore, where necessary, natural biotic relationships for the
scenic, educational, and scientific benefit of the visiting public.
Management of the wildlife and fishery resources will
emphasize natural population control and minimize the human-use factor,
which creates undue population stress or contributes to undue visitor
Management of the soil and vegetation resource will
be guided by application of a visitor-carrying-capacity concept to
control ecosystem impact at an acceptable level.
Further alteration of scenic lakeshores or
streambanks by physical development will not be undertaken.
Examination will be made of possible sources of air
and water pollution, and recommendations made on management programs to
reduce ecosystem impact to an acceptable level.
Revitalize Glacier National Park's historical
resource program, which includes archives, historical structures, and
Going-to-the-Sun Road over Logan Pass will be kept
open for visitor use between mid-June and mid-October of each year.
East-side roads will be open to visitors between mid-May and mid-October
of each year.
To maintain and perpetuate a winter experience, most
park roads will remain unplowed in winter. Use of over-the-snow vehicles
may be allowed under permit, but would be restricted to selected
Sprague Creek Campground on the shores of Lake
McDonald will continue to be designated for tent camping only.
A wilderness management plan will be prepared that
will provide appropriate technical direction and will accomplish
objectives of wilderness preservation and use within the framework of
To fully experience the park's semi-wilderness areas,
opportunities to take short hikes should be expanded. This does not
necessarily mean new trails, but improved trails and trailheads around
centers of visitor activity and along the interpretive corridor. New
trail construction will be held to a minimum.
Trails identified as leading into prime grizzly bear
habitat will be studied to determine the effect of visitor use on that
Logan Pass will continue to operate as a day-use
The Red Eagle Creek area near the St. Mary
development offers good potential as an interpretive demonstration area.
Low, rolling, forested moraines with interspersed meadows and beaver
ponds offer possibilities of a motor nature trail, bicycle routes, short
nature trails, and an expanded environmental interpretation and national
environmental study area opportunities.
Operation of concessioner boat tours on Lake
McDonald, St. Mary Lake, Two Medicine Lake, Swiftcurrent Lake, Josephine
Lake, and Waterton Lake will be continued.
Concession saddle-horse operations will be based in
the vicinity of Apgar, Lake McDonald Lodge, and Many Glacier.
Concessioner-provided overnight accommodations are
considered adequate. Modernization and upgrading of existing facilities
is a key objective.
Except for the campground, Two Medicine will continue
to operate as a day-use area.
The interpretive program for Glacier National Park is
to present to the park visitor through quality interpretation the human
history of Glacier, as well as the story of the flora, fauna, and the
glaciation exemplified in this park.
An environmental awareness philosophy will be
integrated into all phases of park management and communicated to the
public through the interpretive program. To accomplish this, means
should be explored that will encourage the visitor to leave his car and
experience the park resources at a closer range.