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Glacier National Park Conservancy

Citizen scientists watch for migrating raptors at Swiftcurrent Pass.
Jami Belt / National Park Service


Glacier National Park is looking for people to help study and monitor plant and animal species throughout the park.

Scaffolding at the scorched Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park, Oct. 2017.
Glacier National Park Conservancy

Glacier National Park will host an open house and industry night Feb. 13 for contractors interested in rebuilding the Sperry Chalet dormitory. Glacier had planned to host the event in January but had to postpone due to the partial federal government shutdown.

The chalet’s dormitory was badly burned in the Sprague Fire in 2017.

Skiers and snowshoers hike behind a closed gate in Glacier National Park, Dec. 2018.
Nicky Ouellet / Montana Public Radio

An unprecedented move by the National Park Service could free up millions of dollars for staffing and cleaning-up trash and restrooms at Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks during the partial federal government shutdown.

The Sperry Chalet on Oct. 3, 2018.
Amy Boring/ A Boring Photo

With snow dusting the peaks in Glacier National Park, crews are buttoning up their work rebuilding Sperry Chalet, the backcountry dormitory that burned in the Sprague Fire last summer. Phase 1 of the rebuilding plan is on schedule and on budget. 

Recent flyovers show stabilization efforts put in place late last fall on the Sperry Chalet have been successful at keeping the outer stone walls of the scorched dormitory building standing. The extent of damage remains unknown.
Gravity Shots/Glacier National Park Conservancy

When the dormitory of Glacier National Park’s historic Sperry Chalet burned to its stone foundations in a wildfire last summer, people in the Flathead Valley and beyond mourned the loss like a family member. 

Now, six months later, park managers and fundraisers are unveiling their ideas to restore what they call the "Sperry Chalet experience" for the next hundred years.

Scaffolding at the scorched Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park, Oct. 2017.
Glacier National Park Conservancy

The fundraising organization for Glacier National Park has hit its goal for donations to winterize the historic Sperry Chalet, partially burnt in a wildfire this summer.

Glacier National Park Conservancy set a goal of $106,000 to assess and stabilize the Sperry Chalet complex, which was scorched by the Sprague Fire this August.

Glacier Park's Sperry Chalet as seen in June 2017.
Eric Whitney

Glacier National Park has begun stabilization work at the Sperry Chalet dormitory building to prepare for winter. The Park calls it a critical first step in preserving the original structure and rebuilding the historic building.

Glacier National Park visitors wait for the shuttle bus.
Flickr user, Mike Willis (cc-by-2.0)

Starting this weekend, Glacier National Park will begin operating a spring transit shuttle for hikers and bicyclists traveling the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Going-to-the-Sun will be vehicle free for several weeks. 

Gracie is a two-year-old border collie. Gracie hazes mountain goats and bighorn sheep out of popular areas, like the parking lot and trails at Logan Pass, to keep humans and wildlife a safe distance from each other.
Nicky Ouellet

A few weeks ago, we brought you the story of Glacier National Park’s newest “bark ranger,” Gracie. Gracie the border collie has been working at Logan Pass this summer to help manage human interactions with wildlife. MTPR's Nicky Ouellet tagged along on one of Gracie’s morning rounds.

No smoke is visible from the Apgar Lookout webcam on the west side of Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park

As news of the fire on the east side of Glacier National Park spreads, some visitors there are packing their bags and heading west, taking their tourism dollars with them.

Before the fire, the Park was on pace to pass last year’s record setting attendance number of 2.3 million.

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