Important News from the Glacier Association! Now the Glacier National Park Conservancy!
We appreciate your patience as we work through the merger, refining and defining our new organization.
Merger of Two
National Park Partners
(WEST GLACIER, MONT.) – The Board
of Trustees of the Glacier National Park Fund and the Board of Directors of the
Glacier Association (formerly the Glacier Natural History Association) have
agreed to a merger of these two Glacier National Park Partners. As of January 1, 2013, the name of the new organization will be the
Glacier National Park Conservancy. The Conservancy’s goal will be to generate financial
support for the Park in an era of reduced federal budgets through increased
private fundraising and philanthropic activities, and continued operation of
the bookstores within Glacier National Park and at other federal agency partner
sites in Montana.
The Glacier National Park Fund
and the Glacier Association currently provide aid and support to Glacier
National Park in related ways. The
Glacier National Park Fund focuses on fundraising and philanthropy from
individuals and organizations in order to help support designated projects
within the Park in areas related to research, preservation, trails and
education. The Glacier Association
provides financial aid through sales of educational and interpretive materials
to the public from bookstores at visitor centers and ranger stations throughout
the Park, as well as from its headquarters bookstore at the Belton Depot in
West Glacier. The Glacier Association
also currently manages sales outlets at other federal agency sites, including
The National Bison Range, The Flathead National Forest, the Grant-Kohrs Ranch
National Historic Site and the Big Hole National Battlefield. These agency partners will continue to be
supported by the new organization.
Merging these two organizations
will allow fundraising activities for Glacier National Park to be accomplished
in a cooperative and more effective manner.
The merger will also provide a “single voice” to their constituencies
and stakeholders – reducing confusion and enhancing overall visitor awareness. Budgetary constraints brought on by
diminished federal support make private gifts and other aid to the Park more
important than ever before. The
Conservancy will strive to enhance public engagement and increase support for
Glacier National Park.
Upon the merger, the membership
of the Conservancy Board will be based on current managerial needs and will
include both local and national representation. In addition, a National Council
of Advisors will be created to assist the Board and Conservancy staff with
strategic planning and outreach activities.
The logistical details will be determined as the merger moves forward.