September 2013

The 4th Annual Conference is just around the corner, but it's still not too late to sign up - 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)

Registration: $135 


  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
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative: The 2012 Annual Report - Momentum - is now available online.


Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park: During the 10th Annual Science and History Day, park employees and citizens gathered for a day of presentations on the science and history of the park. Pincher Creek, August 6 


Clearwater Resource Council: The Clearwater Resource Council announces a new executive director, funding to assist private landowners with fuel mitigation, results of a loon survey, and other stories. Click here for more information. 


Headwaters Montana: Six riders and three hikers took a day trip to Mount Thompson Seton to debate the pros and cons of congressionally designating 110,000 acres in the Whitefish Range as wilderness. Read more.

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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
Red Shale Fire is growing
The Red Shale Fire in the Bob Marshall Wilderness grew to 12,001 acres Saturday, according to a Lewis and Clark National Forest release. The fire remains within the perimeter of the 1988 Gates Park Fire. Great Falls Tribune, August 24

Economists say growth is tentative
Energy and agriculture continue to be two of the brightest areas in the Montana economy, according to University of Montana economists. Daily Interlake, August 2

Annual Piikani powwow attracts hundreds
The Piikani Nation 56th Annual celebration drew hundreds of participants from around North America to compete in drumming and dance categories. Lethbridge Herald, August 4

Alberta Flooding Statistics Released, Demonstrate Severity of Loss
Two months after the flooding, 2,700 people are still living in temporary housing. The province estimates the cost of rebuilding infrastructure has a price tag over $5 billion. Huffington Post, August 20

National Forests push for historic status for Bob Marshall Wilderness cabins
The Flathead, Lolo, Lewis & Clark, and Helena National Forests are working "to list its network of 18 cabins and ranger stations on the National Register of Historic Places in time for the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act." Missoulian, August 22 

Glacier Park awards new concessions contract to Xantera
After more than 30 years with the same company, beginning in 2014 the hotels, lodges, resturants, stores and fleet of iconic red buses that host millions of visitors to Glacier National Park each year will be under new management. Ravalli Republic, August 14

Chief Mountain: Blackfeet cancel oil, gas leases
Leases to allow drilling for oil and gas near a moutnain that is sacred to the Blackfeet Indian tribe have been cancelled, Blackfeet officials said, days before a protest was to be held at Chief Mountain. Daily Interlake, August 15

Beyond the Region
Baucus promotes Land & Water Conservation Fund
Senator Baucus will work to secure full funding for the Land & Water Conservation Fund before retiring. This account has invested $37 million in on-the-ground projects in Montana. KRTV News, August 6

Tour departs Missoula to tout balancing conservation, energy development
In the first four years of President Barack Obama's presidency, the oil and gas industry leased more than 6 million acres of public land while a scant 2.6 million acres were permanently protected. Missoulian, August 16
Conserving the stage: Identifying a resilient network of conservation sites in the Northwest
The objective of this project is to identify sites in the Northwest, including the Southern Canadian Rockies, that are most resilient to a changing climate. GNLCC Webinar - view the recording.

Department of the Interior - Economic Report FY 2012
This report and interactive map provides information on the "value added, economic output, total jobs supported by DOI activities and the number of recreation visits per State." View report.
Allocating Our Water - Changing to Meet the Public Interest
This report explains challenges and constraints with the existing framework of water allocation and offers a "suit of recommendations to restructure water management in Alberta in ways that will facilitate more effective and equitable redistribution of water among users when water is scarce" while still satisfying basic needs. View report.
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


11th Annual Blackfoot Confederacy Conference

September 28 - 30

contact: Kelly Tail Feathers at 403-737-8112


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:


Alberta SouthWest Regional Alliance Event Calendar


Crown of the Continent Geotourism Council - Calendar of Events


Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative - webinars


Montana Watershed Coordination Council


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 September 27 for inclusion in the October newsletter.