With the headwaters of three continental drainages located in Glacier Park, flora and fauna have diverse affinities with many species occurring near the geographic limits of their range. Even slight differences in elevation and directional exposure can radically alter the occurrence of specific habitats and, hence, the distribution of plants and animals.
Monitoring changes to the environment, such as impacts due to global climate change and the spread of exotic species, is matched with serious restoration efforts. We want to pass this place to future generations the way it is today, or better.
Glaciers and snowpack feed hydrologic activity throughout the summer.
Lightscape / Night Sky
Glacier protects an important resource that is diminishing in a increasingly urban nation.
Invasive plants and aquatic species threaten native species existence, spurring park restoration efforts.
Areas of Concern
Glacier has joined over 120 other parks in the Climate Friendly Parks initiative. Member parks make it a top priority to respond to climate change and move park operations in a more sustainable direction.
"Wilderness" is a word with many emotional or historical meanings, but one meaning carries federal distinction. Official Wilderness designation and addition to the National Wilderness Preservation System requires an act of Congress. Glacier National Park lands are not designated, but are managed as wilderness per NPS policy. Over 90% of the park has been proposed for inclusion.
Last updated: February 14, 2019