Hazard Tree Management Plan EA
Hazard trees are those trees that, due to disease or structural failure, are at imminent risk of falling and striking people or property. The purpose of the park's new plan is to guide park managers in reducing the risk to people and property while protecting ecosystem integrity. The plan provides a procedure for identification and assessment of what represents a hazard tree and selection of management actions to reduce the hazard while addressing ecological concerns. While most hazard tree work takes place in developed areas, some structures and designated campgrounds in the backcountry require protection from damage caused by hazard trees.
Two alternatives are evaluated: a No Action Alternative and a Preferred Alternative. The No Action Alternative would continue managing hazard trees in the park as directed in the 1994 Hazard Tree Management Plan. The Preferred Alternative would implement a new hazard tree management plan that would be consistent with management zones developed in the 1999 General Management Plan, provide guidance on hazard tree management in the backcountry, provide guidance on monitoring, address the fate of downed trees and replace trees that are removed if appropriate.
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Comments can be posted online at: (http://parkplanning.nps.gov/glac)
or sent by mail to Superintendent Glacier National Park, Attn: Hazard Tree EA, P.O. Box 128, West Glacier, Montana 59936.
Thank you for your continued support and interest in Glacier National Park.
09/17/2008 - 10/17/2008
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