Glacier National Park's Many Glacier Wildlife Viewing Plan/Environmental Assessment (EA) is now available online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov
. This document will be available for 30 days; public review and comments are due on October 16, 2010. A public meeting will be held October 6, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the St. Mary Visitor Center.
Glacier National Park proposes to enhance the wildlife viewing experience for visitors along the Many Glacier Road and at the Swiftcurrent parking lot, provide better protection for wildlife, improve parking opportunities at pullouts, and improve traffic and pedestrian safety. The proposed action includes the enlargement and/or improvement of heavily used pullouts in popular wildlife viewing areas, the formalization of some undesignated pullouts, the removal of pullouts that are too close to wildlife crossing areas, and the development of a new pullout. A designated wildlife viewing area would be constructed at the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn parking lot, and orientation to the Iceberg Lake/Ptarmigan Trail would be improved. A short trail would be constructed to the meadow at Apikuni Flat, a foot and bicycle path would be formalized between the Many Glacier Hotel T intersection and the Swiftcurrent parking lot, additional educational and interpretive resources would be provided, and the speed limit from the entrance station to the Hotel T intersection would be reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph. An action alternative and a no action alternative were evaluated.
Resource specialists analyzed the following impact topics: wildlife; threatened and endangered species and species of concern, including grizzly bears, Canada lynx, gray wolves, golden eagles, wolverine, fisher, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and vascular plants; visual resources; visitor use and experience; historic structures; vegetation; soils; and health and human safety.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Comments can be posted online at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov
or sent by mail to Superintendent Glacier National Park, Attn: Many Glacier EA, P.O. Box 128, West Glacier, Montana 59936. The EA is also available at local libraries or can be requested by calling 406-888-7898.
Thank you for your continued support and interest in Glacier National Park.
Mary Riddle 406-888-7898
Mark Wagner 406-732-7757