By Matt Hart
Vital Ground Foundation 

Public access and wildlife connectivity maintained

Conserving Glacier's Gateway


March 11, 2021

Mitch Doherty, Vital Ground

Glacier National Park's Livingston Range rises above the North Fork Flathead Valley as seen from the Glacier Gateway project site.

Before the pandemic, 2019 saw Glacier National Park host more than three million visitors. In 2020, Montana's housing market boomed, with a recent Housing Heat Index report from Bankrate ranking the state second nationally behind Utah for market growth.

Combine these pressures-tourism and new real estate development-and the region's rural character and wildlife can quickly lose out. As valleys fill and recreation hotspots clog, the pace and impact of human activity intensifies and animals are forced to move and adapt.

It adds up to an urgent need to conserve the right pieces of land: keysto...

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