2019 PROJECT FUNDING NEEDS
Our Happy Place
GLACIER’S VISTAS ARE ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT, AND WE KNOW YOU’VE GOT A FAVORITE VIEW YOURSELF. For so many of us, Glacier is our “Happy Place,” and we get involved because we want it to remain so. The Conservancy’s grants team has a bird’s-eye view across the park’s 2019 funding needs. It is an honor to have this insight, and such a strong collaborative relationship with the park. We are thrilled to share this landscape with you in these pages. The grants process begins in January, when park staff brings forth a broad selection of grant requests, which Glacier’s NPS leadership team then prioritizes before presentation to the Conservancy’s Grants Committee in April. Then begins the deep dive, when committee members immerse ourselves in “the book” of grant requests, emerging a few weeks later to meet with the park team for any clarifications. The list is then distilled into the projects that bring the most value to our donors and to the park, while aligning with our mission to preserve and protect the park. During the process, we learn an amazing amount about park funding streams, research opportunities, resource protection issues, and visitor experience enhancement. An example of a big reach is the purchase of a DuraPatcher machine used to repair deteriorated sections of Glacier’s historic roads. Historically, this type of project falls outside of our funding areas but when park managers presented this need and the hurdles faced in acquiring it through NPS funding channels, we jumped into action. Through a generous donation from The Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, we purchased the DuraPatcher, greatly increasing the efficiency of road repairs throughout the park. We promise you, the view is spectacular when seen through the prism of this year’s 64 selected projects, and we invite you to share the view we so cherish as you explore the slate of requests for 2019!
Lacy Kowalski Grants and Projects Manager 2
Margaret Notley Grants Committee Chair Board of Directors
Going to the Sun Road / © Eric Melzer Cover: Iceberg Lake / © Kyle Martin
Half the park
happens after dark
Logan Pass Milky Way / © Connor Welles
When Mark Wagner retired from his longtime role as Glacier’s East Side Interpreter last year, the park had just reached a major milestone, receiving designation as the world’s first International Dark Sky Park. Years in the making, this designation requires a long-term commitment to preserving and educating visitors about the importance of night skies. Along with numerous other achievements throughout his NPS career, Mark was responsible for establishing Glacier’s most popular interpretive program, Half the Park Happens After Dark, and growing it to reach more than 30,000 visitors each year.
In 2018, following his passion for this program, Mark joined the Conservancy as the Astronomy Program Manager, to assist the park in transitioning the Half the Park Happens After Dark program to new leadership. A major focus will be overseeing the installation of a state-of-the-art observatory in St. Mary. This dome will permanently hold two telescopes allowing for in-depth viewing opportunities for visitors, school groups and researchers. Once constructed, the observatory will be equipped with large monitors for viewing the wonders of the night sky, allowing even more visitors to learn the importance of preserving our dark skies -- not only to view wonderful celestial objects, but as critical periods for many animal and plant species, and directly connected to human health and well-being.
Inside observatory / skyshedpodmax.com
Observatory / skyshedpodmax.com
FDR Commemorative Trip August 4, 2016 / Jacob W. Frank
Message from glacier national park
SUPERINTENDENT JEFF MOW
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, rear seat on left, arrives at Logan Pass in on August 5, 1934, the year after Going to the Sun Road had been opened to the public. / NPS
oday, for the first time in my life, I have seen Glacier Park.
that significantly improve the visitor experience and preserve
Perhaps I can best express to you my thrill and delight by
the place for future generations. From Gracie the Bark Ranger
saying that I wish every American, old and young, could have been
to helping make Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
with me today. The great mountains, the glaciers, the lakes and
the first cross-boundary “Dark Skies” designated park in the
the trees make me long to stay here for all the rest of the summer.”
world, private philanthropy through the Glacier National Park
These words were spoken from Two Medicine Lodge on Sunday,
Conservancy continues to fund critical educational, preservation
August 5, 1934, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a nationally
and research projects that, put simply, would not happen without
broadcast radio “fireside chat” after he, Senator Burton K. Wheeler,
our philanthropic partner and the generous donations that support
and Montana Governor Frank Cooney drove the recently completed
this important work.
Going to the Sun highway. In this publication, you get a chance to see the 64 projects presented Last year, when one million people visited Glacier Park in July
by Glacier National Park staff for which the Glacier National Park
alone, it felt a little bit like “every American, old and young” had
Conservancy has agreed to raise funds and provide grant support
taken Roosevelt up on his “wish.” By the time 2017 came to a close,
in 2019. When fully funded, these grants will provide over $2.7
our park welcomed some 3.3 million visitors, an all-time record,
million in private funding to critical education, research and
even with the impactful fire season we experienced.
preservation projects across Glacier National Park. The power of this partnership is clear every day in everything we do at the park and
Making it through a year like 2017 takes an exceptional team
in the experience every park visitor has literally from the moment
working together toward a common goal. For Glacier Park, and
they reach the entry gate and begin their Glacier experience.
for many of the national parks across America, this team includes
We’re proud to be a part of this strong and vibrant public-private
an official philanthropic partner that assists with funding and
partnership and look forward to meeting our shared mission of
project support. In our case, that partner is the Glacier National
protecting and preserving this place we simply call “The Park.”
Park Conservancy. Working together, the park and the Glacier Conservancy implemented projects across Glacier National Park
Citizen Science at Bowman Lake / Jacob W. Frank
Expand Citizen Science Opportunities FUNDING NEEDED: $75,000 Since 2005 the Glacier National Park Citizen Science Program
help gather valuable data zzzzzzzzzfor Park managers while creating
has used citizen scientists to collect population data on “species
an informed group of visitors who become actively involved in Park
of interest,” or species thought to be in decline in the Park. Due to
stewardship. The Glacier National Park Conservancy supports the
shrinking budgets NPS can no longer fund this critical research.
Park’s Citizen Science programs at 100 percent. Without donations to
This program is a double win: It uses adult and student volunteers to
the Conservancy, these research programs simply would not happen.
Summer Youth Engagement Initiative FUNDING NEEDED: $33,100
BACKCOUNTRY RANGER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FUNDING NEEDED: $19,850
The National Park Service has identified the need to connect
This project will increase the number of backcountry intern
our national parks. This innovative program uses a multifaceted
This significant investment is based on the success of the current
children with parks as one of the top five critical issues facing
approach to engage youth, provide experiential opportunities
and forge connections during the summer at Glacier. From
staffing the Apgar Nature Center to supplying 24,000 Junior Ranger booklets, this grant provides multiple touchpoints with
families and kids on their summer break. It also funds teacher rangers for formal children’s programs and activities, maintains a
campground children’s lending library and provides professional development opportunities for local teachers.
21ST CENTURY PARK RANGER FUNDING NEEDED: $34,000 Even John Muir split his time between being outdoors and dealing with the then-current publishing demand to sit and write
in his journal about what he saw and experienced. And aren’t we glad he did? This grant recognizes that in the 21st century,
technology is changing what being a “ranger” looks like, and funds two hybrid positions that provide half of the experience
in the field and half in the office. The resulting combination of metrics, technology, management, visitor interaction and field work will benefit both the interns and the Park. 8
positions supported by the Glacier Conservancy from one to three.
program (Glacier’s own Chief Ranger, Paul Austin, began as a Student Conservation Association intern) and increased pressure
on the backcountry. Expanding the program and providing young leaders with an understanding and appreciation for the wilderness
will have a meaningful, positive effect on long-term preservation of the Park’s backcountry.
Funding Transportation for School Field Trips FUNDING NEEDED: $28,000 In the 2017 - 2018 school year, the Conservancy funded 65 travel
grants to nearby schools. Increasingly, schools have no budget for field trips and the Conservancy must bridge the gap to help
students get to the Park to connect classroom curriculum with in-Park programming. Most of the funding is awarded to schools
in underserved communities where, on average, 45% of kids on
the field trips have never been to Glacier National Park. Kids who experience the resource will become the next generation of stewards for the Park.
DEPLOY LIVE WEBCAMS IN THE PARK FUNDING NEEDED: $22,000 In spring 2018 a bear hibernating in a tree in Glacier went viral,
capturing the attention of the nation, and even the world. Webcams
provide a wonderful opportunity for people to connect with Glacier and nature. This project would fund six cameras that the Park
may use as needed for wildlife sightings, public meetings, Park programming, and even fires.
INTERPRETIVE YOUTH INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FUNDING NEEDED: $30,000 Each of the eight interpretive interns employed through this
half the park happens after dark FUNDING NEEDED: $66,920 Designated the world’s first crossboundary Dark Sky Park in 2017, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park now enters a project expansion phase that includes installation of a state-of-the-art observatory in 2018. This grant will expand astronomy education with nightly programs at the St. Mary observatory and Apgar Visitor Center, the popular Star Parties at Logan Pass, and development of Dark Sky educational and promotional materials for local communities.
historically successful program will have substantive interaction
with an estimated 1,500 visitors to Glacier Park during the summer season. Funding for these stipend-based youth internships are
not eligible for federal funding, and depend on partner support to provide this win-win experience for the interns and public they serve. Program alumni often go on to have enriching careers in the National Park Service.
Columbia Falls high school cooperative greenhouse winter internship FUNDING NEEDED: $3,060 Glacier National Park and School District 6 in Columbia Falls
have a cooperative greenhouse located on the campus of Columbia
Falls High School. This program funds a winter intern who is responsible for greenhouse operations and will mentor students in the propagation and maintenance of up to 6,000 native plants for use in Glacier Park restoration projects.
Under the stars in the mountains / © Travis Burke Photography
Native AMERICA SPEAKS FUNDING NEEDED: $58,000 This award-winning program, now in its 35th year at Glacier
National Park, is the longest-running indigenous speaker series in the National Park Service. Our grant funds 100 events in the Park each year, attended by more than 7,500 visitors. This program provides a unique window into the meaning and history of the place
we now call Glacier National Park from the different perspectives of the Blackfeet, Salish, Pend d’Oreille, and Kootenai peoples.
TRIBAL OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT FUNDING NEEDED: $40,457 Expanding and enhancing interactions with tribal communities is crucial to the long-term health of Glacier National Park. This grant provides the Park with resources to commit personnel to the important work of building trust and community with tribal stakeholders. North American Indian Days, Browning, Blackfeet Indian Reservation / Donnie Sexton
Glacier Youth Conservation Corps DELIVERING HANDS-ON EXPERIENCES FOR THE PARK’S NEXT GENERATION OF STEWARDS FUNDING NEEDED: $101,800
Veterans Green Corps TRANSITIONING FROM THE MILITARY TO THE CIVILIAN WORKFORCE FUNDING NEEDED: $30,200 Our slogan this year is The Corps is the Core. The Glacier Youth Corps, the Blackfeet Corps and the Veterans Corps are truly the “core” of both the work that takes place to preserve the place we so treasure, and of who we are as a people. They are – and we are – about hard work, community, commitment, service, personal growth and leaving a place better for our having been there. Whether it’s young people getting a start in the Youth Corps or Veterans getting a new start, the Conservation Corps work changes lives in a way that few other investments can. These projects are made possible through a partnership with Montana Conservation Corps
Additional Education Projects Archaeology Education Trunk - $10,134 The Archeology Education Trunk is a mini-exhibit of archaeological objects used to engage with students and other groups during outreach events.
Ranger Pocket Reference - $2,648 This small booklet fits in a Ranger’s uniform pocket and contains a vast breadth of critical reference materials, all available at a glance.
Ranger-Led Field Trips, Distance Learning Classroom Visits - $76,547
Provides education and training to enhance ranger-led field trips, classroom visits and distance learning programs.
Investing in Teachers: A Forest for Every Classroom - $25,305 Provides professional development opportunities for up to 30 educators from schools around the country.
Science & Resources Management Intern - $3,060
Scholarships for NPS Staff - $3,500
This paid internship will allow a local high school or college student to work with Science and Research staff.
Provides training for a variety of on-the-job-related issues and topics for Glacier National Park staff.
Corps members building trail in Glacier / MCC
Adventures in many glacier! CORPS MEMBER NOAH BLANTON RECOUNTS HIS EXPERIENCE HELPING INCREASE TRAIL ACCESSIBILITY IN GLACIER IN 2017
fter two weeks of orientation, training, and preparing for
these trails,” and “Wow, I never thought this much work went
the first hitch of the fall season, the time had come for
into maintaining these trails. I have a newfound appreciation!”
our crew to graduate from recent recruit, to crew member for
These benevolent words tremendously fueled our passion to
the Montana Conservation Corps. Our mission: to remodel the
serve. After our eight-hour days along the trail beneath Grinnell
Swiftcurrent Lake trail into an Americans with Disabilities Act-
Peak, our crew would go on after-work hikes to explore the
approved trail to provide accessibility for people who also wish
surrounding areas. During our first 10 days in Many Glacier,
to experience the serenity of Glacier National Park. Little did
we saw more diverse wildlife than most of our crew had seen
we know how fruitful yet tiresome this first hitch would be. The
in their lifetimes. Not even five minutes after passing through
project was funded by the Glacier National Park Conservancy,
the NPS gates, we drove past a black bear. The entire crew
a private non-profit organization whose overall mission is to
bubbled with excitement! We had two close encounters with
support different projects and events in the Park by “providing
a mother black bear and her cub. One during the early hours
support for preservation, education, and research through
of the day, and the other following the walk back from dinner.
philanthropy and outreach.” Through the guidance of our
Our crew leaders handled the situations calmly and with the
project leader Brian, we were able to remodel over 900 feet
professionalism and risk management that the MCC instills
of the Swiftcurrent Lake trail into a handicap-accessible trail.
in its members. What an unforgettable experience! We even stumbled along the trail right into a mama moose and her
Our crew was exposed to the generosity and appreciation
calf. The calmness and serenity of the moment will never be
of passersby along the trail. The kind remarks boosted the
forgotten by our crew! All of these awesome encounters with
energy and productivity of our crew to a level that seemingly
nature and the humans who crossed our paths motivated our
impressed our crew leaders and project partners. Folks would
crew to continue to work hard, persevere, and have a great time
say things such as,“Thank you so much for the work that do on
serving the trails in Glacier National Park! 11
WORKING TOGETHER TO PRESERVE GLACIER PARK
Mountain Goat above Hidden Lake / Â© Yifan Bai
Native Fish Conservation in the Crown of the Continent FUNDING NEEDED: $ 97,300 A critical part of keeping Glacier Park’s ecosystem intact is the protection of our native cold water trout. The Park’s population of migratory bull trout in alpine lakes and native westslope cutthroat trout is under threat from both intentional introduction of nonnative fish and migration of non-native species into the Park.
Federally-threatened bull trout / Joel Sartore
Funding from the Glacier National Park Conservancy will allow the Park and other partner agencies to significantly leverage public funds to implement a highly technical, four-phase initiative that spans the Park -- from Camas Lake, Evangeline Lake and Quartz Lake to multiple lakes and streams in the St. Mary River drainage and beyond.
Backcountry Invasive Weeds Management FUNDING NEEDED: $20,000 Noxious weeds are a major threat to any ecosystem. While the Park continues to make significant investments in this area, private support is needed to provide additional boots on the ground, and to survey and map noxious weed infestations across all of Glacier National Park. By pinpointing and moving the needle in the most threatened backcountry areas, and increasing the reach of the NPS employee inspects kayak for AIS / NPS
Prevent Catastrophic Mussel Infestation in Glacier Park FUNDING NEEDED: $130,000 In the past two years, the number of boats and other watercraft inspected as they enter Glacier Park increased from 1,000 in 2016 to over 13,000 in 2017. Continuing this program is critical not only
Park’s limited resources, the provision of additional manpower and research tools will bring greater success.
Rehabilitate Trails Accessing Three Mountain Lakes FUNDING NEEDED: $62,627
to the Park’s pristine waters, but to the greater ecosystem of the
This project addresses much-needed tread maintenance on 5.4
Columbia River Basin.
miles of trail that access three mountain lakes. The trails included are: part of the historic Piegan Trail along St. Mary Lake, a 2.1
This project will provide private funds to leverage significant
mile section on the south side of Two Medicine Lake, and a shorter
federal and state resources being allocated for this effort, and will
section on the north side of Two Medicine Lake leading to No
support inspection stations in Polebridge, Two Medicine, St. Mary,
Name Lake. These three trails are used by an estimated 98,000
Many Glacier and Apgar.
hikers every year.
Swiftcurrent Water Bottle Filling Station FUNDING NEEDED: $7,700 Two Medicine Water Bottle Filling Station FUNDING NEEDED: $6,750 This project is simple, effective and smart and may
provide the best conservation and visitor experience “bang for the buck.” Keeping hikers hydrated is a critical safety issue across the park. By providing
visitors with an easy, efficient, and safe way to get water, this project will not only address a health and
safety issue but will go a long way toward helping
eliminate the waste related to single use plastic water bottles, 80 percent of which end up in landfills.
This project will provide for the
purchase and installation of two additional ADAcompliant water fountain and bottle fill stations -- one
at Two Medicine “showcase” comfort station, and the other at the Swiftcurrent picnic area.
Wheelchair friendly parking lot at Mauna Loa Lookout / Janice Wei
Lower McDonald Falls Accessible Trail
FUNDING NEEDED: $77,000
Swiftcurrent Accessible Trail
FUNDING NEEDED: $106,462
As visitation to Glacier grows, the number of people with mobility issues who want to experience its trails and campgrounds is growing as well. This project expands the existing Swiftcurrent Lake accessible trail and adds an accessible trail at Lower McDonald Creek Falls.
Operate Spring Hiker Biker Shuttle on the West Side FUNDING NEEDED: $75,500 The experience of riding the Going to the Sun Road in spring,
This is the fourth year for this overwhelmingly popular and
when it is open for bikers and hikers but closed to cars, is quickly
growing project. This year’s grant will continue to expand the
becoming a “bucket list” item for cyclists from around the world.
existing service on the Park’s west side, develop infrastructure on
Glacier’s spring scenery rivals the best rides in Europe while
the east side, and explore connectivity to the Gateway to Glacier
for the hardcore athlete, the ride would rank among the top 20
Trail and the Park bike path within West Glacier.
toughest climbs in the Tour de France.
This project has been accepted for the Whitefish Community Foundation’s Great Fish Challenge. If you wish to support this project, you can contribute directly to the Conservancy or visit greatfishchallenge.org, and donate directly to the Whitefish Community Foundation on behalf of the Glacier Conservancy July 26 to September 14.
Bikers at the loop on Going to the Sun Road / Jake Bramante
Preservation Create Safe Opportunities to View Wildlife
Bear Management Fund: Protect Bears and Visitors in Real Time
FUNDING NEEDED: $112,990
FUNDING NEEDED: $6,000
We’ve all had the experience of seeing a
Glacier National Park is home to the
few cars stopped on the road with people
highest density of grizzly bears in the lower
interested in something going on up the hill.
48 states. Add 600 or so black bears and
Our natural reaction is to slow down and see
3 million human visitors a year and the
what everyone is looking at. If it’s a bear or
stage is set for a management challenge
a group of bighorn sheep, the odds are that
of significant consequence. Thanks to
we, too, will stop. This happens all the time
prioritization by the Park and steadfast
in Glacier Park and these animal-induced
support from the Conservancy, Glacier
“jams” can cause safety issues for both the
National Park boasts one of the most
animals and the humans watching them.
successful bear management programs in the world with less than one bear per year
FUNDING NEEDED: $2,200 Named for its view of 50 snow-capped peaks, this beautiful and epic backcountry location is iconic for hikers, and an important corridor for the Park’s grizzly bear population. In its second year, this project would outfit a volunteer backcountry host position in a wall tent from the beginning of August until late September. A rotating crew of
removed due to management concerns.
volunteer hosts are specifically trained
Visitor Service Assistant (VSA) program by
2019 funding provides critical resources
to provide up-to-date trail routing, and
funding and training eight paid positions and
to allow the Park to enhance current
additional volunteer positions in high-traffic
prevention-related tools and to ensure
areas throughout the Park. This will create
resources, equipment, and properly trained
a safer and more satisfying experience
staff are available to respond to any bear-
for visitors while helping to train a future
related emergencies that may arise.
This project would continue the already proven program of supporting the Park’s
generation of potential Park rangers.
Grizzly Sow & Cub Crossing Highway / NPS Adams
Reduce Conflict Between Humans and Grizzlies at Fifty Mountain
to help prevent conflicts with wildlife and be in radio contact to send and receive emergency updates and information.
Rangers Chatting with Visitors / Jacob W. Frank
Preventative Search and Rescue FUNDING NEEDED: $67,750 When it comes to hiking safety in Glacier National Park,
begin. Data from other parks with similar programs shows
the old maxim that “an ounce of prevention is worth a
that just making sure hikers have proper gear, sufficient
pound of cure” holds true. This innovative grant would
water, and are aware of the adventure on which they are
fund paid positions plus additional volunteers to interact
embarking can decrease search and rescue calls by as
with visitors to prevent common problems before they
much as 45 percent.
Connecting People with Park History: Increase Access to Historical Archives FUNDING NEEDED: $17,000 The writers, interpreters and scholars who tap Glacier National Park’s archives can discover an inspirational treasure trove of photographic images, historic maps and a rich documentary record of the Park’s century-long history. This project expands public access, both online and on-site, to these fascinating photographs and historic chronicles by enhancing existing posting of documents on the Montana Memory Project website (montanamemory.org) and providing summer staff-support researchers.
Left: Bears on the road near Avalanche Campground 1948 / Philip C. Johnson Right: Man playing with bear at Granite Chalet 1924 / Morton Elrod
Additional Preservation Projects Sperry Chalet -- Phase II 2019 will see the completion of the restoration of the historic Sperry Chalet project in which the Glacier Conservancy has played such a critical role. This multi-million dollar public-private partnership will require significant ongoing support from the Conservancy’s Sperry Action Fund established in 2017. Sperry Chalet 1915 / R.E. Marble
Respond to Increased Visitor-Wildlife Encounters - $25,000 Provides additional staff to increase response to visitor and wildlife encounters along trails and roadside pullouts.
LiDAR at Granite Park Chalet - $17,000
Enhanced topographic data (to one-foot contour level) will guide future facility management issues at the historic Granite Park Chalet site.
Young Scholar Research Fellowship - $10,000
Improve Winter Emergency Response - $24,000
Increased winter usage of our million-acre park has the mostly 15+-year-old “fleet” of eight snowmobiles in need of modernization.
Increasing Ranger Station Staff at Many Glacier Valley - $17,000
Continues the Glacier National Park Conservancy - Jerry O’Neal Research Fellowship program, funding at least two $1,000 - $5,000 research fellowships for college students.
With daily counts of 400 or more visitors, this grant provides funding for a ranger in the Many Glacier Ranger Station to help visitors in this increasingly popular area.
Park Produced Publications - $52,100
Addressing the Impacts of Increasing Visitation - $60,500
The impact of the Glacier Conservancy’s work begins at the Park gate with publications, funded by this grant, which are provided to every visitor entering Glacier National Park.
Granite Park Chalet Photogrammetry & Laser Scanning - $4,000
Capture and analyze visitor-use data to educate and inform a response to dramatically increased Park visitation and trail usage.
Maintaining Wildlife Connectivity in the Crown of the Continent - $30,043
Think of this as an MRI for an historic building. The result will be robust structural and status data that will be a valuable historic resource plus a working document, providing real-time data on the health of this iconic structure.
Conduct a public map-a-thon, deploy trail cameras and utilize GIS technology to determine appropriate potential locations for wildlife crossings on the Highway 2 corridor.
Restoring Harlequin Duck Habitat Along Upper McDonald Creek - $5,000
Establishes a baseline by which to measure future changes in plants and plant communities that contribute greatly to the Park’s overall biodiversity.
Protection of Harlequin Duck habitat will be significantly advanced by the reclamation of native areas damaged by increased off-trail use.
Purchase Laser Engraver for Glacier’s Sign Shop - $20,000
This purchase represents the completion of an equipment upgrade program, the result of which is a more efficient and impactful inhouse sign shop to help inform park visitors.
Rehabilitate Virginia Falls Bridge - $7,700
Rebuild existing footbridge and improve trail tread to alleviate safety concerns and improve visitor experience.
Replace Lake McDonald Ranger Station Barn Roof - $28,000
This project will replace the existing deteriorated roof with a fireretardant, cedar-shingle roof to match the historic pattern of the building.
Replace Walton Ranger Station Foundation - $30,000
This structure’s pier construction allows the building to move seasonally. A new, permanent foundation will be an important safety and access improvement.
Employee Health and Wellness - $5,500
This vibrant public-private partnership includes numerous local
businesses and invests in the delivery of a vibrant health and wellness program for Glacier National Park staff.
Rare Plant Monitoring - $4,000
Grinnell Glacier Picnic Area Restoration - $3,000
The second phase of this critical project will restore over a quarter acre with 1,000 native plants.
Collaborate with Transboundary Conservation Partners in the Crown of the Continent - $20,000 Provides critical support for large landscape and transboundary partnership efforts in the larger Crown of the Continent structural context.
Advanced Life Support and Emergency Rescue A.L.E.R.T. Sustainability - $100,000 A community first responder that flies over 20 medical response flights per year in Glacier Park, A.L.E.R.T. is adding a second helicopter to meet increased demand.
Operational Effectiveness - $7,500
Supports expenses related to meetings, conferences and other official functions for which government funds are not available.
Purchase AEDs for Two Medicine and Walton Ranger Stations - $3,735
A life was saved in 2017 by a Glacier Conservancy-funded AED and subsequent A.L.E.R.T. medical evacuation. This grant would deploy two additional units in strategic locations.
Survey Glacier’s Lynx Population FUNDING NEEDED: $74,300 Lynx are a secretive forest carnivore that has been little studied in Glacier National Park, even though the Park composes a significant portion of core lynx habitat in the northern Rockies. This landmark project will use 300 remote cameras to document large-scale distribution and abundance patterns of lynx within the Park’s confines.
Lynx / Kent Miller
Glacier’s Birds and Bats 2018 is the Year of the Bird, so it is fitting that the Park and the Glacier Conservancy have identified four research projects related to avian species for funding. Together, these four projects represent a strong commitment to state-of-the-art research on species of concern that, in many ways, define Glacier Park.
Harlequin Duck Migration Study $33,040
Glacier’s Bat Program $24,928
Eagle & Raptor Counts $25,752
Black Swift Monitoring $20,784
Left to Right: Harlequin Duck / Jacob W. Frank, Black Swift / Aaron Maizlish, Golden Eagle / Kent Miller, Brown Bat / Steven Kersting
Bison and Elk / Donnie Sexton
The Iinnii Initiative: Monitoring Impacts to Elk Herds FUNDING NEEDED: $70,750 As the Blackfeet Tribe and the Park work toward the reintroduction of bison (“iinnii” in Blackfeet) into Glacier, it is important to understand the impact of this historic initiative on resident elk herds. This three-year research project will track individual elk fitted with GPS radio collars to record habitat use and act as a predictor of changes in landscape use when the iinnii are finally reintroduced to the Park.
Mountain Goat Study FUNDING NEEDED: $41,400 Leverage existing NPS funding to add significant actionable value to this groundbreaking three-year study.
Translocation of Alpine Stoneflies FUNDING NEEDED: $22,844
Grizzly grazing / Arthur T. LaBar
Grizzly Bear Diet Study: Cutworm Moths FUNDING NEEDED: $93,500 Small but apparently delicious, Army Cutworm Moths can comprise
This innovative project will study the feasibility of translocating Alpine
50% of a grizzly bear’s annual caloric intake. As consideration
Stoneflies to new habitats or to supplement existing populations.
for delisting the Grizzly approaches, we need to understand the
Stoneflies rely on glacial streams and snowmelt to survive. Glacier
Grizzlies’ diet in Glacier National Park. This study will be the first
loss has reduced their populations to near-extinction.
ecosystem-wide project to find out why, where, and how.
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We believe in the wo rk the Glacier Cons ervancy does each year in Gl acier National Park and want to give back to the park. The proces s of establishing an acco unt to donate mont hly is quick, easy and very convenient for our budget conscious family. Do nating monthly als o helps the Conservancy by knowing exactly ho w much money they can co unt on when plann ing future projects. The direct value of our donatio ns can be personally wi tnessed upon each visit to this truly unique wonder of these gr eat United States. Not on ly are the results of their efforts as clear as th e Montana mountai n air and vast as our grea t Big Sky, but they are done with the highest lev el of fiscal transparen cy, responsibility and honesty. -- Corby and Shanno
Conservancy in our We chose to include Glacier portion of our assets estate plan so that a specific wonderful work that could be used to further the to preserve and Glacier Conservancy is doing erience for current enhance the Glacier Park exp ny great memories and future generations. So ma ily since we started have been made for our fam 1980s. visiting the park in the early ignated five The process is simple -- we des rialized our mo me and , charities in our will help the Glacier to , now ting wri commitment in re. We hope our Conservancy plan for the futu others to include commitment will encourage estate plans. Glacier Conservancy in their -- Mark and Judy, Spokane, Was
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How to Give
Grizzly Bear / Donnie Sexton
ONLINE AT GLACIER.ORG
Montana has a special tax credit that allows you to credit
GNPC, P.O. Box 2749, Columbia Falls, MT 59912 •
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE MONTANA TAX CREDIT FOR ENDOWMENT GIVING
a gift to one of our permanent endowments against your
MONTHLY GIVING – join our monthly donor program
Become a Friend of Glacier
tax liability. •
You can avoid capital gains taxes on appreciated securities
When you renew your commitment to the park with any gift of $35 or more, you’ll receive a passport coupon book for over $500 in discounts at participating businesses and a 15% discount
GIFTS OF APPRECIATED SECURITIES
by donating them to Glacier. •
TAX-FREE IRA TRANSFERS
every time you shop at one of our Park Stores or online.
You can avoid paying income tax on as much as the first
Matching Gift Programs
your IRA by making a donation to GNPC.
$100,000 of your required minimum distribution from
If your employer has a matching gift program, you can double your impact for Glacier.
There are many ways to leave a lasting legacy through helping Glacier.
Glacier License Plates
Memorial and Honor Gifts
Ask for Glacier plates when registering your vehicle at the DMV.
Honor someone special or a special occasion with a lasting gift.
Your fee will support projects throughout the park. For further information call Nikki Eisinger at 406.892.3250 or email email@example.com Tax ID #/EIN: 56-2579734
GNPC is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are fully tax-deductible.
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This guide provides an overview of Glacier National Park's most critical current needs, from using the latest technology to connect the park...
Published on Jul 5, 2018
This guide provides an overview of Glacier National Park's most critical current needs, from using the latest technology to connect the park...