The Glacier National Park Ice Patch Archaeology and Paleoecology Project has recently been awarded the U.S. Department of the Interior 2012 Partners in Conservation Award for its cutting edge scientific research focused on melting ice patches in the park.
Recognition was recently awarded to 17 organizations that have achieved exemplary conservation results through public-private cooperation and community engagement. The 17 award recipients represent more than 700 individuals and organizations from across the United States.
“The Partners in Conservation Awards offer wonderful examples of how America’s greatest conservation legacies are created when communities from a wide range of backgrounds work together,” said Hayes, who announced the winners at an award ceremony last month. “These awards recognize dedicated citizens from across our nation who collaborate to conserve and restore America’s Great Outdoors, to encourage youth involvement in conservation and to forge solutions to complex natural resource challenges.”
Glacier's Ice Patch Project is designed to recover delicate items from melting ice patches in sub-alpine and alpine areas of Glacier National Park that were used for hunting by the ancestors of local tribes. This activity very likely deposited artifacts and paleo-biological objects in ice and snow patches, and their exposure by melting could lead to damage, loss, or illegal removal.
The following is a video overview of the project:
Details about each of this year’s 17 award-winning partnerships and the organizations involved can be found here.
Hiking in Glacier National Park