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Glacier National Park

The National Park Service turns 100 tomorrow. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit Glacier and Yellowstone Parks to wish them happy birthday.

Secretary Jewell will tour Glacier National Park in the morning to see firsthand how climate change is affecting the park’s glaciers and resources.

Fall construction season has begun in Glacier National Park.
Jacob W. Frank/NPS (PD)

Fall construction season has begun in Glacier National Park. Since Monday, traffic along Going-to-the-Sun Road near the Rim Rocks area has been confined to a single lane as crews began repairing a rock wall blasted by avalanches in previous seasons. Visitors can expect delays of 15 minutes or less, says park spokesperson Tim Rains.

cover image credit : Tom Mangelson / Rizzoli Publications

Celebrating the most famous family of grizzly bears in the world — specifically matriarch 399 and her offspring — renowned nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has been tracking and photographing these bruins of Greater Yellowstone for 10 years, amassing an incomparable portfolio that offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of this celebrated bear family.

Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park
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Glacier National Park has never been more popular. Visitation numbers peaked in July, when more than 800,000 people came.

A mix of phenomenally good weather, a strong marketing campaign for the centennial year of the National Park Service and Glacier’s eye-catching presence on social media fueled the record-breaking numbers of tourists.

Flathead Area Fire Managers are predicting a "normal" fire season.
BLM (CC-BY-2.0)

Fire managers in the Flathead Valley are predicting a normal summer in terms of wildland fires. They outlined those predictions at a meeting at the Office of Emergency Services in Kalispell today. "Normal" still means crews from several agencies will probably respond to a few hundred fires in northwest Montana this season.

Gracie is a two-year-old border collie. Starting in mid-July, Gracie will herd 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

Glacier National Park has a new ranger. Gracie is a two-year-old border collie. Starting in mid-July, Gracie will herd 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.

Grizzly Bear Kills Person Near Glacier National Park

Jun 29, 2016
Montana authorities say a grizzly bear has killed a person in the Flathead National Forest just outside Glacier National Park.
(PD)

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Montana authorities say a grizzly bear has killed a person in the Flathead National Forest just outside Glacier National Park.

Going-To-The-Sun Road In Glacier National Park Is Open

Jun 17, 2016
Plow crews work their way up Going-to-the-Sun Road in April 2015
Flickr user: GlacierNPS (CC-BY-2.0)

All 50 miles of Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road are open to vehicle traffic between the park's west entrance near West Glacier and St. Mary.

Road crews have finished snow removal, debris cleanup and guardrail installation, but park officials remind visitors to be prepared for wintry conditions at Logan Pass. The area is still snow-covered with ice in spots and cold winds.

Restrooms and drinking water are available at Logan Pass on Friday. The Logan Pass Visitor Center is scheduled to open on Saturday, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sept. 5.

Currently 29.0 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road are open for travel. Visitors can drive 15.5 miles from the West Entrance to Avalanche, and 13.5 miles from the St. Mary Entrance to Jackson Glacier Overlook.
Glacier National Park

Mother Nature has dogged Glacier National Park road crews this spring, but they’re finally gaining the upper hand. Heavy rain recently blew out a beaver dam which spilled mud and trees on Going-to-the-Sun road. Just as crews cleaned that mess up, wet weather unleashed another 19 rock slides this week.

A new survey suggests conservation and national parks are as close to a bipartisan issue as you’re ever going to find in Montana.
U.S. Forest Service Northern Region

A new survey suggests conservation and national parks are as close to a bipartisan issue as you’re ever going to find in Montana.

"This is a time when things are politically divisive, but what’s really important when it comes to support for national parks and conservation, there's an agreement in the state,  it’s an area of agreement on all sectors of politics."

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