After the election of President Donald Trump, a host of “alt” Facebook pages featuring prominent national parks have sprung up, including an Alt Glacier National Park Facebook page and Twitter handle.
The “Alt” is a take on the “Alt” right movement, but in reverse.
There is also an “alt” Forest Service Twitter account as well.
The Glacier National Park Alt Facebook page is, “The officially unofficial Facebook page for Glacier National Park. Information needs to be shared regardless of the opinion of the current administration. #ResistTrump,” it says.
The logo features an arrowhead, a bear and a skull with a ranger hat on.
The page features a variety of national stories on relaxation or repeal of government safeguards or regulations since Trump has been in office.
It has little content on Glacier, specifically, save for an opinion post of Montana Congressmen Ryan Zinke, who is slated to become the next Secretary of Interior in the Trump administration.
The page lists no contact information or who is behind the page. The page in many ways mirrors the Alt National Park Service Facebook page, which has gathered a large following since Trump’s inauguration, with nearly 1.3 million likes. The Glacier Alt page isn’t quite as popular, but has still garnered 5,000 likes since it was started on Jan. 25.
The Hungry Horse News reached out to both pages to try to get more information from the founders, but hasn’t heard back as of presstime.
The genesis of the Alt Park Service pages came the day Trump entered office.
The Park Service got sideways almost immediately with the Trump administration after it retweeted aerial pictures of the Trump inauguration crowd compared to former president Barack Obama’s crowds four years earlier at the National Mall.
Trump’s crowds were smaller, despite a claim by the Trump administration otherwise.
The Park Service then suspended all official Twitter accounts for a couple of days after that. In the defiance, Badlands National Park sent out several Tweets about climate change.
Those Tweets, the Park Service later said, were from a former employee who did not have authorization to post the tweets in the first place.
One of the first moves the Trump administration did when it came into office was delete any mention of climate change on the official White House web site.
Glacier National Park spokeswoman Lauren Alley said last week Glacier would continue to put out science based Facebook posts and tweets.
“Science is still coming out of the Park,” she said.
She did note that the Park would center more on timely Park information while Zinke is still undergoing the confirmation process.
The past few posts have talked about the ice on Lake McDonald, showcased recent pictures and how folks should start preparing for the upcoming backcountry camping season, as the Park starts taking backcountry reservations in March.
But there has been science as well. One post talks about the number of species of bumblebees in Montana, another about the solar eclipse that will be visible this August.
The official Glacier National Park Facebook page has more than 615,000 likes.