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Contact: Margie Steigerwald, 406-888-5838
WEST GLACIER, MT. – The environmental analysis and review for the proposal to construct replacement park housing at the Swiftcurrent housing area in Many Glacier and at the National Park Service (NPS) compound in East Glacier has been completed. A decision to move forward with the project was signed on March 10, 2016 by Colin Campbell, NPS Intermountain Acting Regional Director.
Before making a final decision, the NPS considered the environmental impacts associated with the project and reviewed public comments on the proposal. The environmental assessment (EA) was released for public review in December 2015. Comment letters expressed both support and opposition, primarily due to concerns about a possible increase in commuting among seasonal employees on the east side of the park.
Construction will take place in phases as funding becomes available. Funding is currently available for a one- story fourplex at Swiftcurrent. The new structure will include laundry facilities for employee use and will connect with existing utilities.
Additional funding will be needed to construct a one- story duplex at the East Glacier NPS developed area and a two- story eightplex at the Swiftcurrent housing area. Both of these locations were approved for additional housing in the decision document.
The housing will replace beds lost when ten severely deteriorated trailers in the St. Mary District housing area were removed in recent years.
The EA and finding of no significant impact (decision document) can be found at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/EastSideHousing.