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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park's Logan Pass Visitor Center on a busy summer day.
Tom Westbrook (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)

A plan that could change how visitors travel along the Going-to-the-Sun Road Corridor is among several projects Glacier National Park announced Monday they’re moving ahead with this year.

The plan to reduce issues of overcrowding along the park’s popular throughway has been in the works for years.

Glacier Park's Lake McDonald.
Glacier National Park (PD)

Yellowstone National Park reports that it experienced another busy year last year. The park recorded over 4.1 million visits. That’s a 0.04-percent decrease from 2017 and a 3.5 percent decrease from the record-breaking year in 2016. It was the third busiest year on record.

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.

Toll Of Government Shutdown Still Being Tallied At National Parks

Jan 30, 2019
Visitors to Yellowstone National Park explore the boardwalks near Old Faithful.
Courtesy National Park Service

Update: The original story, published Jan. 30, was updated on Jan. 31, with an additional statement from Sen. Steve Daine's office.

WEST YELLOWSTONE — Federal employees have returned to work at public lands throughout the nation, but the cost of keeping national parks open during the record-length partial government shutdown remains unknown.

Glacier National Park sign.
Nicky Ouellet / Montana Public Radio

National Parks in Montana are re-opening visitor centers and assessing how to move forward following the longest federal government shutdown in history.

Blue skies and sunshine made a rare appearance in Glacier National Park Monday morning as staff there returned to work after the 35 day partial federal government shutdown.

An image detailing the bathtub of weak snow layers around Dickey Creek in the Flathead Range on Jan. 15, 2019.
flatheadavalanche.org

The Flathead Avalanche Center has issued an avalanche watch through Saturday for several mountain ranges in Northwest Montana.

The backcountry avalanche watch issued Thursday morning warns of high avalanche danger Friday and Saturday in the Swan, Whitefish and Flathead Ranges and Glacier National Park.

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.

Glacier National Park sign.
Nicky Ouellet / Montana Public Radio

Two weeks into the partial federal government shutdown, people are still flocking to national parks, including Glacier, with or without their typical amenities.

Grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to adopt a rule to ready the state to manage grizzly bears in and around Glacier National Park if they’re removed from the endangered species list.

That rule sets mortality thresholds for grizzlies, which mean the state will manage for a total population of at least roughly 1,000 bears in part of an area known as the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, home to the largest population of grizzlies in the lower 48. It also says the state will monitor connectivity of bears between ecosystems.

Glacier Park Plans To Upgrade Buses With Hybrid Engines

Dec 6, 2018
Glacier National Park's Logan Pass Visitor Center on a busy summer day.
Tom Westbrook (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park has announced plans for a major overhaul to its 33 red tour buses, including adding hybrid engines.

The buses, manufactured in the late 1930s, will be placed on a new chassis and get new V8 engines with an electric assist system.

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