Public Comment Encouraged: Proposal to Construct Park Housing on the Eastside of Glacier NP
Contact: Denise Germann, 406-888-5838
WEST GLACIER, MT. – Glacier National Park officials encourage public comment on a proposal to construct park housing at East Glacier and Swiftcurrent developed areas.
To address a housing shortage on the east side of the park, Glacier National Park is proposing to build three new residential structures to accommodate seasonal park staff during the summer. A one-story fourplex and a two-story eightplex would be constructed in the Swiftcurrent housing area at Many Glacier, adjacent to the Swiftcurrent Ranger Station Historic District. A one-story duplex would be constructed at the East Glacier NPS developed area, within the East Glacier Ranger Station Historic District.
The new housing would replace beds that were lost when ten dilapidated residential trailers were removed from the St. Mary housing area and Divide Creek Floodplain in accordance with decisions reached in the park’s 1999 General Management Plan.
Two alternatives are analyzed: 1) Alternative A, no action, and 2) Alternative B, construct replacement housing at Swiftcurrent and East Glacier (Proposed Action and NPS Preferred). Under Alternative A (no action), no replacement housing would be built. Under the preferred Alternative B, replacement housing would be built in Swiftcurrent and at East Glacier.
The Environmental Assessment for this project is available for public review on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/EastSideHousing. Comments can be posted to this website or mailed to Superintendent, Glacier National Park, Attn: East Side Housing EA, P.O. Box 128, West Glacier, MT, 59936. Comments are due January 19, 2015.
For more information contact the park at 406-888-7800.