Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Purpose and Significance of Glacier National Park

From the Glacier National Park website.


Purpose:

• To preserve and protect the natural and cultural resources for future generations.

• To provide opportunities to experience, understand and enjoy the park consistent with the preservation of resources ‘in a state of nature.’

• To celebrate the ongoing peace, friendship, and goodwill among nations, recognizing the need for cooperation in a world of shared resources.


Significance:

• Glacier’s scenery dramatically illustrates an exceptionally long geologic history and the many geological processes associated with mountain building and glaciation.

• Glacier offers relatively accessible spectacular scenery and increasingly rare primitive wilderness experiences.

• Glacier is at the core of the “Crown of the Continent” ecosystem, one of the most ecologically intact areas remaining in the temperate regions of the world.

• Glacier’s cultural resources chronicle the history of human activities and show that people have long place high value on the area’s natural features.


Jeff
Hiking in Glacier.com

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