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Glacier National Park

Nicky Ouellet

At the top of Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, a giant rotary plow shoots snow 40 feet up into the air before it arcs into a free-falling cascade over the eastern edge of the Continental Divide.

Plow crews hit asphalt along the entire length of Going-To-The-Sun Road Thursday. There’s still no opening date set. Right now, cars are being stopped at the Avalanche Creek parking lot on the West Side and the Jackson Glacier Overlook on the East Side.

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

The U.S. Department of Interior Wednesday announced it’s secured $12 million to fund reconstruction of the Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park.

A plow team work their way up the west side of Going-to-the-Sun road in Glacier National Park in 2015.
Corin Cates-Carney

Glacier National Park opened another section of Going-To-The-Sun Road to car traffic Friday.

Vehicles can now drive to Avalanche Creek from West Glacier. Bikers and hikers can continue up the road beyond that point.

View Of The North Fork of The Flathead River Near Ford Cabin.
Flathead National Forest

During a planning meeting in Columbia Falls Wednesday, people who live near the Flathead River said they’re concerned about climate change, user impacts and nearby railroad activity,

Two federal agencies are tasked with updating management of the Flathead’s three forks under the Wild and Scenic River Act: The U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service. They say that despite the river’s unusually high water quality, threats remain.

Glacier Park To Rebuild Historical Chalet Destroyed By Fire

May 17, 2018
Glacier Park's Sperry Chalet as seen in June 2017.
Eric Whitney

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The National Park Service plans this summer to start rebuilding a century-old Glacier National Park backcountry dormitory that was destroyed in a fire last year, after determining construction would have no significant impact on the environment or wildlife, officials said Thursday.

RV campsite. (File photo)
(PD)

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has approved the drinking and wastewater plans for a new RV park proposed for one mile outside the west entrance to Glacier National Park.

A grizzly bear visiting a wire hair snag station near Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park (PD)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced yesterday it will propose to remove federal endangered species protections for grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem this September.

Rafters on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.
Glacier National Park (PD)

The Flathead National Forest and Glacier National Park are preparing a new comprehensive management plan for the three forks of the Flathead River, and they want the public’s input. That’s according to an announcement today from the U.S. Forest Service.

Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park.
GlacierNPS

Glacier National Park will begin opening park waters to boaters in the next few weeks with beefed-up inspection requirements put in place after invasive mussels were first detected in Montana in 2016.

Inspection stations that screen for invasive species will begin opening around Lake McDonald and the west side of the park on May 12. East side waters and inspection stations will open June 1.

Sperry Chalet before the fire, in an undated photo from the National Parks Service.
National Parks Service

Glacier National Park is recommending that the scorched dormitory of the Sperry Chalet be rebuilt in its original footprint within its original walls.

Sperry’s dormitory was badly burned in the Sprague Fire last August.

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