June 2014
Adaptive Managemment Initiative 
The Adaptive Management Initiative grantees have been progressing in their work. This month's AMI conference call featured a presentation by Michael Jamison of the National Parks Conservation Association who discussed his AMI-funded project with the Whitefish Range Partnership to deliver community-driven land-use recommendations to the US forest Service as part of the Flathead Forest Planning Process. If you would like to join in on upcoming AMI webinars, contact AMI coordinator, Melly Reuling.

June 18, 2014

 Dear Friends,


 With the Summer Equinox drawing near, we hope this finds you enjoying  activities in and around the Crown of the Continent landscape.


 Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Conference of the  Roundtable  on the Crown of the Continent, which will take place on  September 10-12,  in Waterton Lakes National Park. 


>>Click here to register now at an earlybird rate!<<


 Together with a local planning team, we've been designing an agenda that   features:

  • a networking session for Tribes and First Nations (contact Lea Whitford to learn more),
  • workshops on invasive species, business innovations, and watershed stewardship,
  • presentations from scientists, land managers, and community and business leaders
  • a poster session featuring 16 Adaptive Management Initiative projects,
  • keynote addresses from the Superintendents of Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks,
  • a slide show presentation from photographer Steven Gnam,
  • opportunities to network with friends and colleagues,
  • and much more!

 For additional information, please review the draft agenda and lodging  options posted on the Roundtable's website.  If you have any  questions  about the conference, please contact the Roundtable's  conference  coordinator, Sue Higgins.


 Many thanks to our local planning team and to our conference sponsors  for their generous support! And, do let us know if you have news or events  you'd like included in next month's newsletter. 

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 - click here.
"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
Ian Dyson 
Crown Managers Partnership,
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development 
Shannon Frank 
Oldman Watershed Council 
Dorothy First Rider 
Kainai / Blood Tribe 

Heather Leschied
Maria Mantis
Swan Ecosystem Center 
Matthew McKinney
Roundtable Co-Director,
Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy
Sheena Pate
Crown of the Continent Geotourism Council 
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 
Jim Stone
Blackfoot Challenge
Gary Tabor
Roundtable Co-Director, 
Center for Large Landscape Conservation
Paul Travis
Glacier National Park Conservancy 
Melissa Weatherwax
Blackfeet Nation
Roundtable Support Team:
Mary Sexton, Coordinator
Susan Higgins, Communications
Shawn Johnson, Policy
Melly Reuling, Adaptive Management
Carole Stark, Capacity Building
Lea Whitford, Native Voices
Neighborhood News
Leaders discuss way to boost NW Montana tourism

Teaching stewardship for the future by honoring the past. Each May for about two decades the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have held a River Honoring and invited children from across the reservation and beyond. NPR, May 16

Province spends money to boost tourism in flood zones. The province has splashed out the cash to help boost tourism in southern Alberta townships following the 2013 floods.  News Talk 770, June 10.

100K poplar trees to clean discharged Missoula wastewater. The field just west of Walmart off Mullan Road will soon absorb the remaining pollution from one of every five gallons of water the city of Missoula would otherwise have to dump in the Clark Fork River. The Missoulian, June 3
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Updates and stories will be included on a first come, first serve basis.
Regional News 
50th anniversary, 1964 flood. Worst flood in state's history left death, destruction in wake31 dead, 8,700 evacuated in June calamity. Great Falls Tribune, May 24.

Yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy: The Wilderness Lodges of Glacier National Park - Part I. Micechat.com, June 12. 
Alberta economic growth forecast to again lead other provinces. Alberta's economy is in a class by itself and head and shoulders above the other provinces, says a new report released Wednesday by RBC Economics. Calgary Herald, June 11 
WWF applauds provincial government for passing the Water Sustainability Act. WWF-Canada is happy with the news that the British Columbia government has passed the Water Sustainability act, saying the new law "will bring the province's water act into the 21st century." Business Vancouver, May 6

Study finds climate change accelerates hybridization between native, invasive trout. A new article by researchers from the University of Montana, the U.S. Geological Survey and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks asserts that climate warming is increasing the hybridization of trout - interbreeding between native and non-native species - in the interior western United States. Char-Koosta News, June 12. Related story, Daily Climate, May 27

Invasive species monitoring resuming in Glacier NP. Glacier National Park officials say that they're continuing their boat inspection and permit program this summer to help keep invasive species from invading the park's waters. KPAX, May 15.

Glacier National Park Without Glaciers? Climate Change and Wildlife in the Northern Rockies. This blog is part of an ongoing series made possible through the State of the Rockies Project. Huffington Post, May 5

Leaders discuss way to boost NW Montana tourism. KAJ18.com, May 20. 

State AG wants CSKT water suit to be dismissed. Montana Attorney General Tim Fox filed papers May 29 asking the Twentieth U.S. District Court in Missoula to dismiss a case filed by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes that would determine critical water rights claims on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Lake County Leader, June 19
Alberta flood: Then and now.
 One year later, Maclean's takes a look at the remarkable recovery. MacLeans, June 12.


Study: Habituated Glacier Park mountain goats abandon cliffs. As mountain goat research prepares to continue this summer in Glacier National Park, preliminary data suggests goats that are habituated to humans display different herding behavior, and use habitat differently, than wild goats. Missoulian, June 3
Alberta launches new program to help municipalities protect from flooding. Alberta has introduced a new grant program to help municipalities better protect their residents, property, and infrastructure from the effects of floods or droughts. Lethbridge Herald, June 9. 
Protecting our streams key to buffering the impacts of climate change. National Public Radio, May 12.
Wildfires, climate change creating a Big Sky health hazard.This year, four Montana counties earned an "F" on the American Lung Association's annual State of the Air Report. Missoulian, June 1 

Dazzling Montana boasts big skies, bigger value. Alberta's southern neighbour drawing interest as second-home country. Calgary Herald, May 29.

Province plans incentives for energy efficiency measures.The Alberta government will introduce a new program this fall to entice consumers to invest in energy efficiency measures, such as installing new furnaces, windows and doors, Environment Minister Robin Campbell confirmed Wednesday. Calgary Herald, June 11
Beyond The Region 
USFS chief: Bill would help tackle forest health, hazardous fuels. "For the first time in my career, there's support and agreement that a certain percentage of these megafires need to be considered natural disasters, the same as hurricanes and tornadoes," Tidwell said. Missoulian, May 22. 

Report spotlights rapid glacier melt in western Canada. 
The glaciers in Canada and Alaska are melting at a phenomenal rate. Alaska Dispatch, May 23. Related story: Glacial tourism in the age of climate change. Crosscut.com, June 3

Research indicates B.C.'s Island wolves prefer their mellow habitat. British Columbia has two breeds of wolves, the ferocious mainland animals that compete with grizzly bears for food and territory, and the laid-back island variety that prefers their terrain predator-free while scavenging the sea shore, says a new study out of the University of Victoria. Lethbridge Herald, June 16.

U.S. announces changes for tribal recognition rules. The Bureau of Indian Affairs says it overhauled the rules to make tribal acknowledgment more transparent and efficient. Flathead Beacon, May 23

U.S. climate has already changed, study finds, citing heat and floods. The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the United States. New York Times, May 6.

Canadian provinces keen on energy relations with India. 
At a time when India is trying to downsize its oil import bill, trade delegations led by premiers of western Canadian provinces are planning to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team. Business Today, June 16

Canada opens B.C. Office for Aboriginal pipeline talks. 

Canadian Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford said the federal government is opening an office in British Columbia to step up talks with aboriginal groups on pipelines and other energy infrastructure. Bloomsberg Businessweek, May 27.

U.S. climate-change plan will likely affect Vancouver coal-port expansionThe Globe and Mail, June 2.

For a Canadian province, gas boom presents a conundrum. As nations rush to ship vast new stores of natural gas across oceans, the climate change implications of the fuel are coming under increased scrutiny. New York Times, May 23.

Tutu says he's not in Alberta to tell Canadians what to do about environment.
Global Post, May 30

Opinion: Volume vs. area: 
Why the two types of forest tenures matter to B.C. In an attempt to help the forest industry get back on its feet in the wake of the mountain pine beetle epidemic, B.C.'s Ministry is proposing to change how it deals out rights to cut down trees by shifting from primarily "volume-based" to "area-based" allotments. Vancouver Sun, May 27.
Montanans react to EPA's draft rules to reduce CO2 emissions. The Obama administration's new draft rules to reduce carbon emissions evoked strong, divergent reactions Monday in Montana, with coal industry supporters condemning the proposed rules and others calling them a good first step toward addressing climate change and global warming. Missoulian, June 2 
Publications and Resources
In words and pictures, the story of the wild Rockies is revealed. Seattle Times, June 17.

AmeriCorps Partnerships Challenge. The AmeriCorps Partnerships Challenge is a call to action to the private sector, nonprofits, philanthropies, and public agencies at every level to develop proposals to expand AmeriCorps service opportunities to meet critical national and local needs.  Find more here
The Great Northern LCC is pleased to announce the commitment of $720,000 to ecological research, information management, and capacity support for the fiscal year 2014. Learn more about funded projects here

 Interior announces nearly $20 million in WaterSMART Funding for water and energy efficiency projects and river basin studies at Western Governors' annual meeting. Get details here.

Check here for regional events that Commemorate the Monana 1964 Floods. 

Glacier Park seeks teenagers for Youth Corps program. Missoulian, June 2

Become a citizen scientist in Glacier this summer. The Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center at Glacier National Park will continue its Citizen Science Program this summer, offering free research and learning opportunities for the public. Click here for dates and classes. 
Save the date for the 2nd North America Congress for Conservation Biology to take place July 13-16, 2014 in Missoula, Montana.To learn more about key dates for this event, visit the conference website.
The 2nd Annual First Stewards Symposium is slated for July 21-23 in Washington, DC. Panels of tribal leaders and tribal and Western scientists will examine how native people and their cultures have adapted to climate change for thousands of years, and what their future--and that of the nation--may hold as the impacts of climate change continue. See the website for details. 
Find more about Under Western Skies 3 to be held September 9-13, 2014 at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. The theme is environments, technologies and communities. See the conference website.
The 2014 annual conference of the Montana Section of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kalispell October 9 - 10, 2014. The conference website has more information.

Save the date for The Columbia River Basin: Learning from Our Past to Shape Our Future to be conducted in Spokane, Washington on October 21-23, 2014. Check here for updates.


Conference: Restoring the West: Down by the River: Managing Resilient Riparian Cooridors, October 21, 22, Utah State University. Find more here
Tourism marketplace coming to CanmoreCanada's 27th West Marketplace trade show for more than 300 Alberta and B.C. tourism suppliers and 120 international tour operators and wholesalers from Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas, will be held in Canmore on November 17-12, 2014. Find more here.


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 susan@largelandscapes.org by June 27 for inclusion in the July 2014 newsletter.