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Update on Rogers Pass Winter Permit System

7 Apr 2009

Greetings backcountry users and partners;

Thank you all for your willingness to help find solutions to the Winter Permit/CP Rail trespass concern in Glacier National Park. We are impressed with the number of people who attended the evening sessions, and by the amount and quality of feedback we received there, by email and on web discussion forums.

It is clear from this feedback that these areas are important to you, and that you're willing to help us find ways to access the backcountry safely. Solutions we heard focused around route changes and railway crossings. In fact, a suggested change in route has already resulted in our being able to once again issue permits to Ross Peak Winter Restricted Area.

We are currently reviewing all the proposed options for feasibility and to make sure they meet our safety requirements. Parks Canada staff are taking a good look at the lay of the land of the various route options and potential crossings that you identified. We will be working with CP Rail and Transport Canada to situate safe railway crossings.

As we move forward with this issue, once all of the data has been summarized and options investigated, we will send further information to anyone interested, or post a link to a report on the Parks Canada website.

We'd like to remind you that we value your input on the following processes that are now underway:
- A full review of the Winter Permit System
- Management planning for Mt. Revelstoke and Glacier national parks and Rogers Pass National Historic Site Please contact us if you are interested in participating in either of these processes.

Thanks again for your help! We remain confident that we can find solutions by working together.

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