August 2014
Adaptive Managemment Initiative 
The Adaptive Management Initiative grantees have been progressing in their work. Click here for a midterm progress report briefing. For a nice visual review of project locations, you can check this link.  If you would like to join in on upcoming AMI webinars, contact AMI coordinator, Melly ReulingTomorrow's webinar (Thursday, August 14 at 9 am MST) features:

 -- Sheena Pate and Mayre Flowers from the Crown of the Continent Geotourism Council to discuss their upcoming Business Leadership Training.  

-- Mike Durglo who will share his work on the CSKT Climate Change Plan and their implementation progress.

August 13, 2014


Dear Friends,


We hope and trust you're enjoying these magical summer months in the Crown of the Continent.  In between our own efforts to get out and hike, fish, float, and bike, we've been busy collecting news stories from around the region and making preparations for the 5th Annual Conference, this September 10-12, in Waterton National Park, Alberta.  

 We're pleased to report that the agenda for the conference is packed with very engaging speakers, workshops, panel discussions, a poster session, a photography exhibit, and much more. Don't worry, we still managed to leave plenty of time for you to connect with friends old and new and explore the beauty of Waterton Lakes National Park. You can view the latest agenda here.  
We hear that rooms are starting to fill up, so register soon to ensure you get the best rate and are able to find a place to stay.  Blocks will be released on August 15. All the registration and lodging information is available here.
Hope to see you in Waterton in September!

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
Flathead Land Trust 
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
Petroleum group seeks say in Hall Creek well. The Montana Petroleum Association is requesting a seat at the table in a dispute over whether a natural gas exploration well should be allowed in an area sacred to the Blackfeet Tribe in the Badger-Two Medicine Area, a mile-and-half from the border of Glacier National Park. Great Falls Tribune, August 12.

My unforgettable week on a Blackfeet reservation. The Intelligencer, August 13.

Triple Divide: Centerpiece jewel in the Crown. Glacier National Park's Triple Divide area holds the centerpiece jewel in the Crown of the Continent. What it lacks in tourist attention, it makes up for in geographic significance. Missoulian, July 14

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes aids Energy Keepers, Inc. with Kerr Project takeover. On Thursday, July 10, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council took the next step in the long-awaited acquisition of the hydroelectric generating plant, Kerr Project. Charkoosta, July 17.

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This section features stories and updates from people and groups working around the Crown. If you didn't get a chance to speak at the 2013 conference or weren't able to attend, it's not to late to share -- Submit your story today!
Updates and stories will be included on a first come, first serve basis.
Regional News 
Mapping waterworks beneath Canada-U.S. border may help avoid water woes. PostMedia News, July 23.

B.C. wildfire costs triple the budget as danger remains high to extreme. Vancouver Sun, August 12

Opinion: Climate change is a scientific reality. Great Falls Tribune, August 7.

Invasive fish spread across NW Montana. Western News, August 5.

Alberta hopes specially trained dogs will sniff out invasive zebra mussels.The Globe and Mail, August 6

USFWS, CSKT work toward National Bison Range plan. KPAK News, August 4

What "completing" a Canadian park would mean for Glacier and the North Fork Flathead River. Flathead reporter Katrin Frye talks with Headwaters Montana's Dave Hadden about efforts to expand Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta. NPR, July 11.

Montana Delegation Applauds Hearings on Public Land Development. Public News Service, July 29

More Montanans travel to Canada, for various reasons.
Beyond The Region 
Presence of invasive species complicates efforts to protect dwindling native speciesBloomberg BNA, August 8

Salmon can adapt to warmer environment, study says. a new study shows salmon may have the ability to adapt to a warming world because Chinook that lay larger eggs produce offspring that have greater heat tolerance. Globe and Mail, July 8
Publications and Resources
New map guide gives visitors an authentic feel for the Crown of the Continent. Seeing the Crown of the Continent through local eyes. Read more here

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Webinar Series. Join the Northern Rockies Adaptation Partnership every Wednesday in September at noon for its webinar series
Support climate hike through Glacier!  Renee Callahan of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation is putting boots to trail the last week of August 2014 to raise awareness about one of most pressing issues facing our planet:  the effects of climate change. Find details of Renee's trip. 


5th Annual Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent conference, September 10-12, 2014, Waterton Park, Alberta. Register HERE!

Starved for educational webinars? Check the Montana Watershed Coordination Council's latest newsletter under "Resources".

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
National Conference on Large Landscape Conservation. October 23-24 2014, Washington, DC. Review program 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 by August 29 for inclusion in the September 2014 newsletter.