Park maintenance backlog still growing

Construction: Photo from the Federal Highway Administration

The Daily Inter Lake reports that once again, Going-to-the-Sun Road tops the list for Glacier National Park’s deferred maintenance backlog — now sitting at $179.8 million, according to a report released Friday by the National Park Service. Deferred maintenance refers to the cost of necessary work the park has been forced to put off or delay. Read the full story here.


Scientists: Climate Influencing Global Trout Populations

From the Flathead Beacon

The Flathead Beacon reports says that temperature-sensitive trout thrive in water that is cold, clear and abundant – not exactly groundbreaking news. But a recent study tracking the relationship between warming climes and the adverse effects on global trout populations is the first to establish a scientific connection. A team of researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey – including two researchers based at Glacier National Park – found that climate directly and consistently influences trout populations worldwide, and published their finding recently in the international quarterly journal “Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries.” Read the full article here.

January storms boost local snowpack levels

Rocky MountainsThe Daily Inter Lake reports that the Flathead River Basin was the only drainage in Montana to see an improvement in high-elevation snow during January, according to numbers released this week by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. As of Feb. 1, the Flathead Basin had 89 percent of its normal snowpack, a 5 percent increase from Jan. 1. Read the full story here.