Glacier Field Office: Who We Are

Who We Are | Meet Our Staff

New Report: Crown of the Continent Good for Business

The area on the Montana-Canada border known as the Crown of the Continent attracts a thriving business community to the region. NPCA asked business owners and entrepreneurs a simple question: "Why do you choose to live and work in the Crown?" NPCA's new report, Pathways to Prosperity, explores how the region's natural beauty and quality of life give it an edge in a competitive economic environment. Read the Glacier Field Office's latest report here.

Preserving a Very Special Place

Thanks to transboundary conservation collaboration and more than 70,000 NPCA-generated comments to Canadian decision makers, the Castle Special Place--important grizzly bear habitat just north of Glacier National Park in the province of Alberta--was protected from aggressive logging plans.

A Victory for Glacier!

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell have signed an historic agreement in Vancouver, British Columbia that promises to protect the Transboundary Flathead River Valley from all types of mining and oil and gas extraction.

Download the Glacier Office's Spring 2010 Field Report (PDF, 225 KB), that provides a list of questions—and answers—that will hopefully illuminate the decision and provide an opportunity to help us reach the finish line.

The Glacier Field Office, located in Whitefish, Montana, was the first field office opened by NPCA. Taking a collaborative, community-based approach, Glacier staff works closely with community and business leaders, park and public lands personnel, biologists, and the conservation community to protect the natural assets of this ecologically rich region.

Transboundary Flathead River Campaign

NPCA is leading a transboundary coalition of community, business, and conservation interests in Montana and British Columbia to ensure that proposed gold mining, strip mining, and coal bed methane drilling in the Canadian Flathead Valley does not harm Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. We are working with top scientists and public officials in both nations to identify critical information gaps about water quality, fish and wildlife conditions in the international watershed. To learn more about NPCA’s efforts to protect the Flathead River click here.

NPCA also continues to serve as the U.S. coordinator of the international effort to provide long-term solution that protects the existing wilderness values of the Canadian Flathead Valley and Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Our efforts over the past year have had both a national dimension and a regional, transboundary emphasis, which emphasizes the economic importance of the peace park and a healthy environment for local communities.

Geotourism Map guide and Crown-of-Continent Campaign

NPCA is the lead partner with National Geographic and dozens of regional groups to create a unique map of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem, which includes and surrounds Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. This community-based mapping partnership includes business groups, tribes and first nations, conservation and historical societies, public land managers, the state of Montana, and the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. The “geotourism MapGuide” is aimed at educating residents and visitors about the region’s distinctive environmental, cultural and historical values, and it will highlight what people are doing and can do to maintain the region’s special character for future generations. To learn more go to

Protecting the Core of Glacier National Park

On inner-park challenges, NPCA continues to build public support for adequate public investments in our National Parks. Working with local communities and Montana’s Congressional Delegation, NPCA played a key role in securing funding for the rehabilitation of the Going-to-the-Sun Road and the establishing of Glacier’s popular mass transit system.

We have also petitioned the World Heritage Committee to list Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park as an Endangered World Heritage Site. To learn more about how proposed strip mines and climate change are harming Glacier National Park click here.

Glacier’s natural resources are threatened by invasive species, such as lake trout and spotted knapweed, which out-compete native fish and plant species and jeopardize Glacier’s fragile ecosystem.

The Glacier Field Office is also working to protect Glacier from damage that can be caused by human activity. We strongly opposed and generated over 12,000 public comments in opposition to a proposal to use explosives within Glacier to control avalanches. NPCA supported the safer option of constructing of additional snow sheds along Glacier’s southern border to deflect avalanches from a railway line, at the same time we oppose the railroad’s plan to fire howitzer shells into the park to try reducing avalanche threats

Healthy Parks, Healthy Communities—Gateway to Glacier

In 2003, NPCA published a landmark report documenting the economic value of Glacier National Park and surrounding natural landscape to local communities in the Flathead Valley of Montana. Gateway to Glacier makes a compelling case that the economy of Western Montana is now being driven by high quality-of-life found in the region. Sustaining this new economy in the face of rapid population growth will require community planning and strong commitment to building more sustainable communities. View the full report >

Gateway Communities and Conservation Efforts

NRRO is working with the Blackfeet Nation on the east side of Glacier National Park, in conjunction with the Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front, to block oil and gas drilling in the Badger-Two Medicine, a proposed National Forest wilderness area adjacent to Glacier’s southern boundary.

On the west side of the park, the Glacier Field Office is working with community leaders in Flathead County to implement Gateway to Glacier recommendations to protect the park resources and the special environmental qualities of the Flathead Valley that serve as the region’s most important economic assets.


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