Known to Native Americans as the "Shining Mountains" and the "Backbone of the World", Glacier National Park
preserves more than a million acres of forests, alpine meadows, lakes, rugged peaks and glacial-carved valleys in the Northern Rocky Mountains. The park is named for its prominent glacier-carved terrain and remnant glaciers descended from the ice ages of 10,000 years past.
In 1932 Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park, across the border in Canada, were designated Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. This designation celebrates the longstanding peace and friendship between the two nations. Both parks have since been designated International Biosphere Reserves and together were recognized in 1995 as a World Heritage Site.
The primary research partner for the National Park Service is the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS). Scientists at the Glacier Field Station are involved with interdisciplinary, regional and multi-agency programs. Many of these are long-term strategic investigations that address high visibility national priorities. Examples include post-fire burn assessments
and one of the nation's premiere Global Climate Change
research programs. These scientists are administratively attached to the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
in Bozeman, Montana.
The Resource Management STAR Award is made to outstanding student employees.