Public Invited to Open House on NPS-Owned Lake McDonald Structures

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Date: August 18, 2010
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838
Contact: Wade Muehlhof, 406 888-7895

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – In an effort to gather input and comments on alternatives for the management of cabins and other structures owned by the National Park Service (NPS) around the shores of Lake McDonald, an open house will be held on Wednesday, August 25 at the West Glacier Community Building from 5 to 7 p.m. Glacier National Park officials are seeking this input as the NPS prepares a plan and environmental assessment (EA) to determine which of these structures should be preserved, how the preserved structures might be used and which structures would be removed. The open house will provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions and for park managers to capture ideas and concerns.

Glacier National Park now owns 21 cabins on Lake McDonald; 19 of these cabins are considered historic under the National Historic Preservation Act. Eight of these historic structures are currently occupied by the previous owners under a life estate agreement. The park uses one cabin for the Artist-in-Residence program and two cabins are used as housing by park concessioners. There are a number of other cabins on Lake McDonald that are privately owned that are not part of the EA.

Concerns/Issues Identified To-Date:

·        Preservation of historic structures and cultural landscapes eligible for National Register of Historic Places
·        Limited NPS funds for structure preservation, rehabilitation and maintenance
·        View-sheds of both natural and cultural landscapes
·        Wildlife habitat on Lake McDonald
·        Water quality of Lake McDonald
·        Public safety around the buildings

Alternatives Identified To-Date:

·        Limited maintenance of structures to preserve visual historic landscape
·        NPS or concession rehabilitation and use of structures
·        Long-term public lease of structures, rehabilitation and maintenance by lessees
·        Removal of structures and restoration of sites to natural condition
·        No Action

Written comments and concerns on the on this planning effort may also be submitted online by Friday, August 31, 2010, at or mailed to: Superintendent, Glacier National Park, Lake McDonald Cabins, P.O. Box 128, West Glacier, MT 59936.

There will be another opportunity for review and comment when the plan/environmental assessment is completed. 

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