Illustrations by Celia Strain/Morgan-Burchette Assoc.
About This Book
This natural history of the mountain wilderness
called Glacier National Park is not a guidebook, but provides an
overview of the ecology of the region. At the same time, it is a
personal statement, revealing one individual's response to this rugged,
For their consistent cooperation and helpfulness, I
wish especially to thank Chief Naturalist Ed Rothfuss and his capable
staff. Technical and field assistance came from many; for special
thanks, I would like to single out Art Sedlack, Francis Singer, Bert
Gildart, Walt Martin, Craig Kuchel, and Danny On. The manuscript
profited greatly from the criticism of Douglas Chadwick, to whom I am
The National Park Service Division of
Publications gratefully acknowledges the financial support given this
book project by the Glacier Natural History Association, Inc., West
About the Author
Greg Beaumont's interest in Glacier National Park
dates from 1963, when he was a summer employee at Lake McDonald Lodge.
In 1966 he and his wife were fire-control lookouts on Numa Ridge in the
Bowman Valley. Now a free-lance writer-photographer, he lives with his
family in Lincoln, Nebraska.
As the Nation's principal conservation agency, the
Department of the Interior has responsibility for most of our nationally
owned public lands and natural resources. This includes fostering the
wisest use of our land and water resources, protecting our fish and
wildlife, preserving the environmental and cultural values of our
national parks and historical places, and providing for the enjoyment of
life through outdoor recreation. The Department assesses our energy and
mineral resources and works to assure that their developement is in the
best interests of all our people. The Department also has a major
responsibility for American Indian reservation communities and for
people who live in Island Territories under U.S. administration.