Conserving the natural integrity of mountain parks: Lessons from Glacier National Park, Montana
AbstractGlacier National Park represents one of the oldest and most pristine of the mountain parks in the western United States. For many decades following its establishment in 1910, enabling legislation, economic conditions, boundary configuration, geographic location, management procedures, environmental legislation, and public interest contributed to the successful conservation of natural biological diversity within the park. More recently, peripheral development, ecological isolation, landscape fragmentation, and special designations pose risks and establish values that require incorporation into a new management paradigm based on a regional ecosystem model. The prospect of global climate change adds the dimension of permanent environmental change to the increasing complexity of park conservation.
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