August 2013

Early registration discount for the 4th Annual Conference ends on Friday, August 9th - Register now!

Join representatives from nonprofit organizations, government agencies, local governments, businesses, tribes, First Nations, local communities, and universities to celebrate the people, communities, and landscapes of this remarkable region and to explore ways to partner with one another to sustain and enhance the culture, community, and conservation values of the Crown of the Continent!


Full Conference

(includes both dinner receptions and all other conference meals)

$105 until August 9 / $135 after Aug. 9


  Celebrating the Crown of the Continent Reception & Dinner

A celebration of people and organizations working together to sustain and enhance the Crown of the Continent, capped off by a slideshow by photographer Tony Bynum. 

September 11, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. 

Cost is $30 (register by Sept. 4).


Local Communities Reception & Dinner

An opportunity to meet local elected officials and learn more about Rotary International's legacy of transboundary cooperation and stewardship: Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

September 12, 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm. 

Cost is $30 (register by Sept. 4).


For more information on the conference, please visit:


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
Atlas of the Crown of the Continent, from Headwaters Economics:
This interactive atlas, developed by Headwaters Economics, brings economic, land-use, and climate data into one location. Nonprofits, agencies, and other land-managers can use this tool to inform and prioritize their conservation goals. Explore the atlas.



Report - Aquatic Invasive Species Threatening the Crown of the Continent:

Produced by the National Park Service-Intermountain Regional Office, The University of Montana, Glacier National Park, and the Crown Managers Partnership, this comprehensive guide includes species descriptions, images, glossary, and actions that can be taken by individuals to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Digital copies of the report can be found online


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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
Wildland parks could act as safe havens
Wildlife Conservation Society of Canada recently released a report about southwestern Alberta called "Protecting and Connecting Headwater Havens." The report recommends creating new wildland provincial parks in order to create safe passages for animal migration. Lethbridge Herald, July 26

Landowners work to reduce conflict with grizzly bears
Landowner concerns are at the centre of a pilot project working to monitor changes in the bear population in southern Alberta and ultimately find ways to change the grizzly's status as a threatened species. Edmonton Journal, July 20

Fish population threatened by flood waters
Alberta floods have caused a ripple effect of damages and could threaten the province's fish population. Global News, July 31

USFS continues to monitor Red Shale Fire
Cooler temperatures and increased humidity are reducing the likelihood of the Red Shale Fire developing spotting or extreme fire characteristics. Choteau Acantha, July 27 

Alberta tourism industry fights its way back
A month after flood waters ripped through some of Alberta's most iconic urban attractions and mountain playgrounds, the province's tourism industry is fighting its way back. Calgary Herald, July 23

Montana businesses rally behind Tester forest bill
In anticipation of a July 30 Senate committee hearing on the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, Business for Montana's Outdoors, which represents 60 business owners from 20 Montana towns, sent a letter Tuesday encouraging Montana's three congressmen to work together to pass the bill before the year's end. Bozeman Daily Chronicle, July 24

South Saskatchewan Regional Plan to be released
The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan, which has been in the works for years, will provide a framework for future conservation, road-building, logging, and oil development. 660 News, July 10
Beyond the Region
Climate change: moving from science to policy
An interview with Dr. Steve Running, a professor at The University of Montana, on shifting from climate science to policy. High Country News, July 3

Obama Climate Change 2013 Policy Speech Outlines Executive Orders
President Barack Obama on Tuesday invoked his executive authority to undertake a slew of measures aimed at curbing climate change and preparing America for its costly impacts. Huffington Post, July 25
The Sonoran Institute has compiled this profile "based on the rate and character of growth in western Montana to help citizens better understand those trends and their potential impacts."
The Story of the Blackfoot People: Niitsitapiisinni
Elders and spiritual leaders from the Blackfoot community share their history, traditional world views, relationships among families and bands, interaction with the natural world, spirituality and the end of the days of the buffalo. Read the press release.
Upcoming Events
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 


Waterton - Glacier International Peace Park Assembly

Convened by Rotary International & Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

September 13 - 15, Waterton Lakes, Alberta


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


Planning in the West Webinars: Learning from Local Governments

Scenario Planning and Climate Change

TBD, webinar



For more upcoming events, visit these comprehensive calendars:


Crown of the Continent Geotourism Calendar of Events 


Alberta SouthWest Regional Alliance Event Calendar


Swan Ecosystem Center


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 August 16 for inclusion in the September newsletter.