Humans & the Environment
People have been drawn to the Crown of the Continent for millennia. More recently, human use of the land has focused on recreational use, drawing millions to enjoy the solitude and harmony found in natural and wilderness locations. To support these activities, transportation arteries such as railroads and Glacier's Going-To-The-Sun Road were constructed. Backcountry trails and camping facilities have also been developed to serve those seeking the benefits of access to nature. National parks and wilderness areas face the challenge of providing these opportunities while fulfilling their mandate to preserve these places unimpaired for future generations.
As recreational use increases, it will become more important to understand the motivations and needs of those seeking backcountry access, as well as their impacts. Several studies have recently been conducted to obtain this information in the form of surveys and interviews.