For the sixth year in a row, Eisinger Automotive Group in Kalispell has provided financial support to Glacier National Park through the Glacier National Park Conservancy. While federal funding provides for Glacier’s day-to-day operations, private support from businesses and individuals is necessary for many of the vital projects and programs throughout the park.
In the 2015 season, the auto dealer has supported the Conservancy with a $10,000 cash donation, provided a vehicle for Conservancy staff use, which they’ve done every year for six years, and coordinated the donation of two vehicles for Glacier National Park’s Backcountry Volunteer program.
“When we heard that the backcountry volunteers were in need of vehicles to carry out their duties this summer, we were excited to help,” said Ben Eisinger, general manager of Eisinger Automotive Group. “Their work is so important to supporting the backcountry rangers who have over one million acres to cover each day.”
There are 29 backcountry volunteers in Glacier National Park this summer who have donated more than 3,800 hours of their time. The donated vehicles have thus far patrolled 2,714 miles in the park’s backcountry and contacted nearly 7,000 visitors. The volunteers have assisted with a variety of critical projects this season including the removal of a radio tower on Apgar Mountain, joint river patrols with the Flathead National Forest and collecting and recording data for the Huckleberry Phenology Project conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey.
“This partnership is a great example of leveraging private resources to the greater benefit of Glacier National Park,” Preiss said. “We thank Eisinger Automotive Group for their ongoing support and look forward to continuing to build partnerships like this throughout the Flathead Valley.”