November 2014
Adaptive Managemment Initiative 
A team of external reviewers and Roundtable staff is currently reviewing Adaptive Management Initiative grant proposals for 2015. Grant recipients will be informed of funding in mid-November. Once projects are up and running, they will be posted on the Roundtable website at 

The current round of projects will wind up on December 1, 2014, and final reports will appear on the website shortly thereafter. Meantime, you can click here for a midterm progress report briefing. For a visual of project locations, check this link.  And, to join in on upcoming AMI webinars, please contact AMI coordinator, Melly Reuling

November 4, 2014

 

Dear Friends,

 

It was great to see folks from all corners of the Crown of the Continent at the 5th Annual Roundtable conference in Waterton Park, Alberta! More than 160 people from governments, businesses, tribes, universities, communities, and NGOs attended. In addition to the keynotes and panel sessions you've come to expect, new features including a pre-conference Tribal gathering, the Adaptive Management Initiative poster session, and a mini-workshop series, are all reported in this this 2014 Conference Summary

 

Next year's conference will be held in the southeast quadrant of the Crown in Missoula, Montana. Please contact a member of the Roundtable Leadership or Support Team (see side panel) to register ideas for presentations and discussions you'd like to hear.

 

Your new stories and updates are the heart of this monthly newsletter. You can submit them here for inclusion in the December edition. Meantime, enjoy all of what November brings to your vital activities in the Crown of the Continent.

 

Opening Session of the 2104 Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent Conference, Waterton Park, Alberta.  Photo: S. Legault

 

 

 


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
 
Jean Curtiss
Missouia County Commissioner

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

Heather Leschied
Wildsight
 
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, Tribal Liaison
Neighborhood News
In a man's world, women made their mark in Glacier Park. It may have been a man's world in these parts more than a century ago, but Glacier's history is also populated by some adventuresome females. Missoulian, October 29.

Elk Valley watershed: Why has this unfolding disaster been ignored? Few people know more about selenium poisoning than Dennis Lemly and that's why Environment Canada turned to him to assess federal research in British Columbia's Elk Valley watershed. Globe and Mail, October 19.

Opinion: Save Swan Valley for future generations. Over the long term, the costs to sustain an urban wilderness interphase environment will be very high. Missoulian, October 10
 
Seeley Lake district ranger leaving post after nearly 40-year career in the U.S. Forest Service. It's not hard to find testimony to how much Seeley Lake district ranger Tim Love shared with his community over the past 20 years. Love leaves his post on Nov. 7, just a few weeks shy of a 40-year career in the U.S. Forest Service. Independent Record, October 6. 

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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 2014 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 
Yellowstone to Yukon initiative celebrates 20 years of conservation accomplishments. For an entity that claims no power or authority, the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative has a lot of accomplishments to celebrate. Missoulian, October 20

Bison treaty signed by Alberta, Montana tribes. 
First treaty among Tribes and First Nations in the area since the 1800s. CBC News, September 23.

Tourism is coming to Southwester Alberta. A study promoted by the Alberta Southwest Regional Alliance and supported by the provincial government identifies a number of tourism-related investment opportunities in the region. Pincher Creek Echo, October 31

Tribes ask government to halt leases. Calling it an "historic day," tribal leaders from Blackfoot Confederacy band together to urge withdrawal of oil and gas leases in sacred Badger-Two Medicine. Flathead Beacon, October 26

Judge strikes down Montana rule that allowed small water wells to be drilled without permits. Montana officials review permit requirements for small water wells following a rule that had allowed residential subdivisions to drill multiple wells without obtaining permits. Daily Journal, October 20.

Fawcett touts 'world-class' climate change strategy for Alberta. Environment Minister Kyle Fawcett reinforced his government's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in its revised climate change plan. Calgary Herald, October 24

Groups want return of wild buffalo. Today there are about 20,000 wild buffalo, but a multi-nation treaty signed by Canadian and U.S. Indian bands last month affirms First Nations' desire to restore free-range buffalo to reserves under native control. The Western Producer, October 30. Related story Washington Times, September 23.

Report: Majority of Montana's waters impaired. Many think of Montana's lakes and streams as being clean, but a closer look shows that state waters have a number of issues, as described in the latest state water quality report. Bozeman Daily Chronicle, October 30.
 
Bat blitz to study endangered species in Flathead. 
Conservation groups have answered a request from the B.C. government to help study a group of species soon to face devastating population die-offs - bats - and have released a report about bats in the Flathead River Valley. The Townsman, October 28

Flathead water compact committee hearings produce recommendations. A legislative committee proposed improvements to the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes Water Compact Wednesday after listening to extended testimony and updates of ongoing negotiations. Bozeman Daily Chronicle, October 29. 

Bird, climate study forecasts all of Montana's swan habitat could disappear by 2080
. A study developed from millions of birdwatcher observations warns that Montana habitat for trumpeter swans, Clark's nutcrackers, mountain chickadees and long-billed curlews may literally dry up. Read more, Missoulian, October 4. 


British Columbia introduces innovative, flexible forest licenseThe Province of British Columbia has created a new type of forest license that allows emerging, innovative forestry companies to more effectively respond to fluctuations in the supply of wood fiber, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson recently announced. Biomass, October 31.

Nature Conservancy Acquires 165,000 Acres of Plum Creek Forestland.  Plum Creek Timber Company sells forestland in Montana and Washington for $134 million. Flathead Beacon, October 27

Feds award $2.2 million to Montana tribes. 
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced it has awarded more than $2.2 million in grants to five Montana Indian reservations to assist in developing the tribes' energy and mineral resources. Great Falls Tribune, October 4.

Glacier's greatest summer. In the storied history of our local icon, Glacier National Park has never been more popular than this year. Closing the chapter on a milestone summer, the Beacon reflects on a memorable season. Flathead Beacon, October 8
Beyond The Region 
Gas exports may foil B.C. carbon goals. British Columbia has launched an ambitious effort to reduce its carbon emissions by one-third, with a tax on gas, coal and oil use as its centerpiece. But that goal could be subverted by the province's desire to become a major natural-gas exporter. Seattle Times, October 3. 

Federal land managers draft plan confronting climate change. Five workshops taking place across Forest Service Region 1, which stretches from the Idaho Panhandle across Montana to North Dakota and includes part of South Dakota and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem gets agencies to share research and draw climate chafe connections. Read more

White House calls for Landscape Conservation Cooperatives to help identify priority areas. Issued last month, see "Priority Agenda: Enhancing the Resiliance of America's Natural Resources" by the Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience here.  

B.C. official calls for Columbia River Treaty accounting. As Canada and US revise the 50-year-old treaty, the B.C. government is looking for a better accounting of the benefits Americans get from the vast amounts of water stored north of the border. Spokesman Review, October 23, 2014
Publications and Resources
Montana releases its draft State Water Plan. The 2015 State Water Plan is a synthesis of the vision and efforts of regional Basin Advisory Councils (BACs) established in Montana's four main river basins: the Clark Fork/Kootenai, Upper Missouri, Lower Missouri, and the Yellowstone. View the draft statewide and sub-basin plans, as well as the Executive Summary of recommendations to the 2015 Montana Legislature here

USDA announces climate hubs on the web. By browsing through pages for each region, you can find information on agriculture and forestry vulnerabilities related to climate change, and tools to cope with these changes. See the site.

EPA's new "Climate Change Indicators in the United States" report presents 30 indicators, each describing trends related to the causes and effects of climate change. It focuses primarily on the United States, but in some cases global trends are presented to provide context or a basis for comparison. You can find all the latest indicators using the tabs at the top of this web page.

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment webinar series. If you missed them, check out the links to the September Northern Rockies Adaptation Partnership webinar series here.
Announcements
Webinar hosted by Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Dr. Meredith McCure of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation addresses "Where people and wildlife intersect: Prioritizing mitigation of road impacts on wildlife connectivity in the US Northern Rockies." November 5, 2014, 12-1 pm MST. To register, click here.

The Small Grants Program furthers the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (Act). Applications are due on November 7 for projects addressing enhancement of wetlands and uplands habitats for benefit of migratory birds.

Pssst! . . . Were making a FILM . . . and we'd like YOU to be the star!  Maybe you've already heard about the Oldman Watershed Council's Film Project ... maybe not ... but who doesn't want to drink, shower and swim in clean, clear water? There's so much to love about the Oldman River! Visit www.oldmanbasin.org for a Global News video, invitation to the launch event on November 12, and more

 

Conservation easement discussion coming to Augusta.
A meeting will be held Thursday, November 13, in Augusta to explain the value to landowners offered by conservation easements. Independent Record, November 2.

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.

 

Environmental Solutions for Communities offer grants

for projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Proposals are due on December 15, 2014. Find more in the RFP and guidelines.  

 

For more upcoming events, visit these comprehensive calendars:

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 November 29 for inclusion in the December 2014 newsletter.