Public Comments Focus on Glacier’s Shuttle System, Corridor Management

By Beacon Staff

The National Park Service is reviewing the comments that streamed in about a possible management strategy for the busy Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor.

The park received 156 comments during the scoping period. An additional 283 comments were gathered at 10 open houses held in communities surrounding Glacier.

Most of the comments centered on the shuttle system, and most were generally supportive, according to park officials. Superintendent Jeff Mow said commenters frequently indicated that they enjoyed taking the shuttle and hoped the park would continue the service while finding a way to make it financially sustainable in the long term. Other commenters offered proposals about appropriate road and trail use and thoughts about how to better protect the park’s natural and cultural resources. Many comments echoed frustration over the lack of parking at Logan Pass and other popular spots around the park.

A majority of the comments were from Kalispell, according to the NPS.

Over the next year, the NPS will draft alternative plans that incorporate the public comments. The alternatives will be announced in late 2014 and a public comment period will be launched prior to the development of a draft environmental impact statement.

For more information on the corridor plan comments, visit link text here.

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