GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - The Glacier National Park Conservancy is asking for your help in raising $100,000 for park projects and programs during "Give Back to Glacier Week".
“Glacier is why so many people move here, set up their businesses here, we know that glacier is the main economic driver actually of our entire state," said the Conservancy's Nikki Eisinger.
The group is hosting a brown bag lunch speaker’s series all this week with park staff speaking about what new projects are going on in the park, what the certain speaker does as a job and many more ranging topics.
“It’s really a chance for the public to come speak to the park as well," Eisinger said of the celebration of all the good the park provides to the public. Along with that, the Conservancy is asking for help through funding.
“While we’re celebrating we’re also asking the community to step forward and help us fund some of the really critical projects that wouldn’t happen without public support," Eisinger said.
The Conservancy is hoping to raise over $100,000 and the donations have already started as the Thomas O. Brown Foundation announcing that they will match every donation up to $50,000.
“So basically every donation -- like if you give $10, you are giving $20 because they are going to match it this week," Eisinger explained. "So, [it's] pretty exciting for us.”
Eisinger talked with MTN News about what makes Glacier National Park so special, referring to how busy the summer was while people were still able to find remote areas in the Park.
“If you’re a local you know that you can get back and you can find your special spot in glacier even when it’s crowded for us, it’s still a pretty big beautiful park that we want to celebrate," Eisinger said.
Something that a lot of people never hear or fail to recognize about the park is that it is actually the most intact ecosystem in all of North America which is why it is so pristine and remote.
The next stop on the series will be on Wednesday at REI on North Reserve Street in Missoula where Glacier National Park Superintendent Jeff Mow and Natural Resources Manager Mark Biel will be the speakers. The event will run from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m.