The Montana Native Plant Society has created a system for recognizing those parts of the state with the greatest plantscape value. An article posted today on the National Parks Traveler site describes the new Important Plant Area (IPA) program and its first honoree: Logan Pass. Read more here.
The Logan Pass IPA straddles the Continental Divide near the center of [Glacier National Park] at the headwaters of the St. Mary drainage. The area ranges in elevation from 5,100 feet along Reynolds Creek north of Heavy Runner Mountain to 10,000 feet on Mount Siyeh. The Logan Pass region has been described as a “hot spot for plants” due to a wide diversity of habitats, including alpine meadows, wetlands, turf, hanging gardens, fellfields, moist and dry dwarf shrublands and more.~ Jim Burnett