July 2013
Greetings!

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

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. 

The conference will start at noon September 11th and adjourn at noon on September 13th.

Register now (cost is $105 / person, but goes up to $135 in August!) and to secure lodging in East Glacier Park.
 
Visit the website for information on the draft 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. 

[We are] 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
Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center: This year, the National Park Service is again asking the public for help gathering data on mountain goats, pikas, loons, and invasive plants in Glacier. It is also offering day long classes for those interested in learning more about the program and research methods. Read the news article or visit the website for more information.

Alberta SouthWest Regional Alliance: At the annual stakeholder meeting in early June, attendees learned about initiatives to support southwestern Alberta communities. By showcasing local amenities through geotourism and free wifi, hopefully visitors to the region will become residents. Read the news article or visit the website for more information.  

Trust for Public Land and F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Co.: have announced a plan that could permanently protect more than 3,000 acres in the Haskill Basin for "water, wildlife and recreation, as well as continued sustainable forest management." This project has the support of the Whitefish mayor, as well as both Senators. View the press release.
 
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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
Calgary Eyeopener - Interview with Hydrologist John Pomeroy
In this interview, a hydrologist explains the many factors that led to the massive flooding in southern Alberta. Calgary Eyeopener, June 24 

For more information on affected communities and flood recovery, click here.

Alaska veteran named new Glacier Park leader
A new superintendent - 25-year National Park Service veteran Jeff Mow - has been selected to lead Glacier National Park. Daily Interlake, June 12

Energy company's possible oil play near Augusta raises concerns
Norstra Energy is trying to get investor support for drilling in the Bakken formation near Sun River. Local county commissioners and the Montana Oil and Gas Commission are "passing off the claims as an exploration venture, saying the area doesn't hold the resources claimed in company literature. Missoulian, June 18

New program works to prevent aquatic invasion
A boat inspection program run by the Government of Alberta and the Blood Tribe First Nation seeks to prevent the spread of zebra and quagga mussels into the province. CBC News, June 15

Governor vetoes CSKT water compact bill
According to Governor Bullock's veto letter, "Senate Bill 265 serves no useful purpose and needlessly delays the Montana General Stream Adjudication to the detriment of tens of thousands of Montana water users." Hungry Horse News, June 20

Research on Highway 93 wildlife crossings nearly complete
In the five years since the full wildlife crossing system has been complete collisions have been reduced by 40%, but many questions still remain. Missoulian, June 20

Tourism: Working to tap immense potential
Despite living in scenic locations, First Nations, comprising 5% of the population, capture barely 0.5% of the tourism market. This imbalance, according to Aboriginal Tourism B.C. creates a great potential. Vancouver Sun, June 21 

Ranching families help conserve lands in Blackfoot Valley
Fish, Wildlife and Parks purchased conservation easements on 10,000 acres of land in the Blackfoot Valley. These purchases "signaled the near completion of the Blackfoot Community Project's goals to preserve and conserve land bought from Plum Creek Timber Co." nearly ten years ago by The Nature Conservancy. Missoulian, June 18
Beyond the Region
Baucus' bill to protect North Fork gets bipartisan committee support
A measure to protect the North Fork of the Flathead River from energy development won rare bipartisan committee support and now heads for the full Senate. Billings Gazette, June 20

B.C. plans to promote carbon taxes among other green initiatives
By pursuing a carbon tax, B.C. hopes to put pressure on other provinces to adopt similar measures. Globe and Mail, June 23

Baucus bill orders coordinated response to global warming
The Government Accountability Office found that agencies were good at planning for changes, but not specifically asked to consider climate change. A new bill would encourage agencies to work together and make "climate change projects a specific qualifier in grant programs for state and tribal land managers." Missoulian, June 24
Publications
GAO Report: Various Adaptation Efforts Are Under Way at key Natural Resource Management Agencies
This report by the Government Accountability Office examines actions taken by several federal agencies to address climate adaptation and "how these agencies have collaborated at the national level on adaptation." View highlights report. For the full report, click here.

Bill Yenne's recently published book features "points of interest along the road, described and depicted in milepost-consecutive order," along with historic images.

Canoeing Montana's Clark Fork River
I'd been off the Clark Fork for a year. It started snowing at my cabin in early November, and I'd hung my canoe from the side of the porch with bungee cords and huddled up for the winter. Continue reading.

Linking into the future: A conservation plan for the Purcell, Selkirk and Monashee ranges of southern BC This webinar provides an overview of conservation planning tools and methodologies developed for use by a collaborative group in response to climate change. View the recording.
 
Draft NCDE Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy
A draft conservation strategy for grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem is now available for public review and feedback. This document describes management and monitoring programs if the grizzly is delisted. View draft report.
Upcoming Events

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 these comprehensive calendars:

Crown of the Continent Geotourism Calendar of Events 

 

Alberta SouthWest Regional Alliance Event Calendar

 

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 July 19 for inclusion in the August newsletter.