June 2013

Every month the Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent brings you updates from colleagues and news from around the region.

Invasive species, restoration, economic development, tourism, water compacts, energy, and wildlife are all in the news.

The Roundtable would also like to remind you that registration for the 4th Annual Conference - Building Partnerships: Linking Local Actions and Landscape Outcomes - is now open. 

Visit the website for information on the agenda, registration, and lodging.

Friends of the Crown
Friends of the Crown is an informal network of people and organizations that support the Statement of Values and Principles

Become a Friend of the Crown and join a network of organizations & individuals working to enhance the Crown of the Continent - 
"Common vision and values encapsulate the core identity of a culture. Ravenwood is proud to support this effort to clarify critical land use and stewardship understanding in order to create a sustainable, resilient, and positive future for our collective communities in the Crown." - Friend of the Crown

Roundtable Leadership Team:
Clayton Matt
Culture Co-Chair, 
Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes 
Stephen Legault 
Conservation Co-Chair, 
Crown of the Continent Conservation Initiative
Mary Sexton
Community Co-Chair, 
Former Director, MT Department of Natural Resources and Conservation  
Dylan Boyle
Crown of the Continent Geotourism Council 
Anne Dahl
Swan Ecosystem Center
Ian Dyson 
Crown Managers Partnership,
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development 
Shannon Frank 
Oldman Watershed Council 
Dorothy First Rider 
Kainai / Blood Tribe 
Dave Hillary 
Kootenay Conservation Program 
Alan Rollo
Sun River & Teton River Watershed Groups
Erin Sexton
Crown Managers Partnership, 
The University of Montana Flathead Lake Biological Station 
John T. Shannon 
U.S. Forest Service Regions 1 & 4 
Carole Stark
Water Matters

Paul Travis
Glacier National Park Conservancy 

Matthew McKinney
Roundtable Co-Director,
Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy
Gary Tabor
Roundtable Co-Director, 
Center for Large Landscape Conservation
Neighborhood News
Flathead Land Trust: received the Wildlife Conservation Award for 27 years of "outstanding conservation achievements and demonstrated conservation leadership" and in recognition of their work with the River to Lake Initiative. Read full press release.
Trust for Public Land: we are embarking on our first restoration project, in partnership with MT Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, on the highest priority stream reaches in the Swan River State Forest. This project just received its first grant through Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks' Future Fisheries program. More Information
Flathead River to Lake Initiative: Flathead River Steward Kirsten Gruver organized volunteers to plant shrubs and trees along the Flathead River at the Diamond B Ranch. This project will help protect water quality and provide wildlife habitat. Read the full story. Picture below is from the event.
Crown Managers Partnership: The 2011 Crown Managers Forum on aquatic invasive species (AIS) was the spark that initiated the Crown Managers Partnership into action to prevent AIS from infecting the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. Strategic actions include communications, education, inspections, monitoring, and policy planning. Read the full article. Photo below is Eurasian watermilfoil:
Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent: For the past year, the Roundtable has been supporting a variety of on-the-ground projects through our Climate Adaptive Management Initiative. The goal of the Initiative is to support and connect work around the Crown that addresses adaptation to landscape and climate changes on an ecosystem scale. The first year of the Initiative is wrapping up and we look forward to sharing the stories of this work and how these projects have build connections around the Crown. We hope to provide continued support of these collaborative projects. Stay tuned for further developments as the Initiative moves into its second year.
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This section features stories and updates from people and groups working around the Crown - submit your story today!
Updates and stories will be included on a first come, first serve basis.
Regional News
Tourism campaign highlighted
Montana is spending $8 million to encourage tourists to "Step out of Bounds," especially in Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and the High Plains. Daily Interlake, May 21

Char Wars
Fisheries scientists at Montana State University have partnered with state and federal agencies to protect bull trout from lake trout. Mountains and Minds, May 7

Missoula council, CSKT representatives discuss economic development
The mid-May meeting marked the first official government-to-government meeting, opening the door for cooperation and collaboration between the two governments. Missoulian, May 14 

Mussels could pose irrigation threat
Zebra mussels "pose serious ecological and economic problems," making prevention key in southwestern Alberta. Vauxhall Advance, May 9 
For more information on zebra mussels, listen to an interview with Ian Dyson, Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development, at the 11:00 minute mark.

Wind turbines set to rise near Medicine Hat
"A subsidiary of a Spanish renewable energy company has received the go-ahead from the Alberta Utilities Commission for its proposed 120 MW wind farm near Medicine Hat. Calgary Herald, May 22

What happens now with the Flathead Water Compact?
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are now mulling their options after the 2013 Montana Legislature failed to pass the Flathead WAter Rights Compact; but CSKT officials are hopeful the agreement can be passed by the 2015 Legislature. Montana Public Radio, May 8

Climate change good, bad for spring wheat
Warmer spring temperatures are allowing farmers to plant spring wheat 10 - 12 days earlier, but late summer highs are leading to decreased yields. Great falls Tribune, May 5

Roadkill falling from the sky: Alberta wildlife officials deliver carcasses using helicopters
Helicopters deliver roadkill to grizzlies with the hopes they will ignore the calving operations. Great Falls Tribune, May 9

Grizzly bears return to southern Alberta prairies for the first time in 150 years
According to a wildlife officer with Alberta Fish & Wildlife, more grizzlies are starting to take up summer residency on the prairie. Calgary Sun, May 21
Beyond the Region
Baucus supports funding for Montana river health
"U.S. Senator Max Baucus inserted a section into the Water Resources Development Act that would allocate $30 million for projects that mitigate the increasing effects of flooding and drought along Montana's streams."

Senate bill would formalize Blackfeet's water rights
"The Blackfeet Tribe of Montana continued its slow push to get a water rights compact approved during a hearing ... before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee."

Tester business workshop focuses on tourism
"Tourism may still play second fiddle to agriculture as Montana's leading industry, but not for long if some of Montan's small business owners have their say."
Atlas of the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Headwaters Economics has released an interactive map to "help inform conservation goals and actions with knowledge of the geography and people in this unique region." View map
Stay tuned for the release of a Crown specific interactive map.
Strategic Conservation Framework
This report outlines the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative's vision for "research and technical actions, institutional collaboration, and the application of ecological information." Read the report.
Upcoming Events
Webinars are stand-alone educational opportunities for governments, planners, and policy makers.
June 3 - 12, 2013

Workshop on adaptation planning and linking science to actions.

June 4 - 5, Bozeman, MT


Southwestern Alberta Large Carnivore Projects Tour

Tour of wildlife conflict mitigation projects led by the Waterton Biosphere Reserve Carnivore Working Group. Contact Nora Manners at 403-627-1473 or nmanners@watertonbiosphere.com.

June 19 - register by June 10


Rafting for Refuse

Annual cleanup and float on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River

June 23, 2013


Council on Forest Engineering: Annual Meeting

July 7 - 10, 2013, Missoula, MT


M2D: Milltown to Downtown Float

Community float to celebrate the removal of Milltown Dam, convened by the Clark Fork Coalition

August 3, 2013, Missoula, MT


4th Annual Conference - Registration is now open!

Building Partnerships: Linking Local Actions and Landscape Outcomes

Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent

September 11 - 13, 2013, Glacier Park Lodge, East Glacier Park, MT 


6th Montana Economic Development Summit

September 16 - 17, Butte, MT


2013 Watershed Symposium

20 Years Together: Looking Back, Moving Forward

October 15 - 17, Missoula, MT


For more upcoming events, visit the Crown of the Continent Geotourism Calendar of Events 


The Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent provides a monthly newsletter to help connect people and organizations to news and events around the Crown. 
If you have an event or news item, an update from your group or just a great picture to share, please send that information to Molly Stenovec by June 21 for inclusion in the July newsletter.