May 2015
Adaptive Managemment Initiative 
Almost 1,000 Adaptation Professionals came together at the National Adaptation Forum in St. Louis, Missouri including 73 Tribal representatives, people from all 50 U.S. states, global participants, and a collective dedication to climate adaptation. Visit the Forum website for more information and stay tuned for all presentations to be available online. Also connect at #NAF2015 Twitterfeed.

The Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent was represented in a talk given by Shawn Johnson, Melly Reuling, Mike Durglo and Patrick Bixler.  They presented on the Roundtable's three years of Adaptive Management Initiative (AMI) projects. Mike Durglo from CSKT spoke about the climate efforts on the Flathead Reservation, and Patrick Bixler presented on his social network analysis and social-ecological change across the landscape. The talk was well attended, and followed by lively discussion.

You can find final summaries of all of the Roundtable's 14 projects conducted in 2014, and view the AMI projects selected for 2015 at the Crown Roundtable website AMI page. To join in on upcoming AMI webinars, conference calls or learn more about the AMI, please contact AMI coordinator, Melly Reuling.

Friends of the Crown
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Dear Friends,                                                   May 16, 2015


We've been offline for a little while, but activities in the Crown are in 

full swing. Your ace 2015 (6th Annual!) Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent conference planning team is preparing a truly outstanding agenda for the September 16-18 meeting in Missoula to include:

  • inspirational keynotes
  • a multi-disciplinary poster session
  • a Tribal celebration
  • fascinating breakout sessions
  • a field trip, films, mentoring session, and more! 
To share your ideas with the planning team, please contact us soon.
We'll have the agenda and online registration up and running next week 

Please enjoy this quick news update from the Crown and, as always, 
send your updates to share in the next newsletter. 


The Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent Leadership 
and Support Teams


Profile: CMP Hits Another Home Run at its Annual Forum


Approximately 62% of the Crown of the Continent is publicly owned. This patchwork consists of hundreds of parcels of land managed by a broad spectrum of U.S and Canadian agencies. For many years, these agencies were focused on managing large-scale processes within the confines of their own jurisdiction--without looking to their neighbors. In 2001, the Crown Manager's Partnership (CMP) was formed to help break down these institutional barriers.


Since CMP's inception, an important communications tool of this voluntary partnership has been its annual meetings. These forums explore trans-boundary collaborative management approaches, provide networking opportunities, and identify projects of mutual interest. CMP held held its 15th annual meeting on March 17-19, 2015 in Lethbridge, with a theme of Climate, People, and Terrestrial Invasive Species: Taking Collective Action in the Crown of the Continent.


Over 60 invasive species experts, resource managers, educators, and non-profit organizations attended. Outcomes include new knowledge gained from case studies, and new strategies for moving forward on collaborative weed management in the Crown of the Continent. You can check the CMP website for presentations and survey results, as well  as find out more about the CMP.



Honoring the River


 Teachers and students share educational activities before the opening prayer     and song that officially ring in the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe         River Honoring celebration on May 11. This educational and spiritual event is   an annual draw for many in the Crown of the Continent.

Roundtable Leadership Team:
Clayton Matt
Culture Co-Chair, 
Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes 
Stephen Legault 
Conservation Co-Chair, 
Crown of the Continent Conservation Initiative
Mike Bruised Head
Blood Tribe

Jean Curtiss
Missouia County Commissioner

Ian Dyson 
Crown Managers Partnership,
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development 
Shannon Frank 
Oldman Watershed Council 
Heather Leschied
Maria Mantis
Swan Ecosystem Center 
Jeff Mow
Glacier National Park

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
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
Sam Williams, Intern
Neighborhood News
Sun River has more fish, better flows. Collaborative efforts to restore flows and water quality in Montana's Sun River over the past two decades have gained international attention. The Sun River Watershed Group is one of four finalists in the national premiere of the North American Riverprize, a prestigious recognition bestowed by the Australia-based International River Foundation. Great Falls Tribune, April 15. 
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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 todayUpdates and stories will be included on a first come, first serve basis.
Regional News 

Alberta election could send tremors through Montana economy.
Missoulian, May 11. Alberta election 2015 results: NDP wave sweeps across province in historic win. CBC News May 5.

Southwestern Crown Collaborative Focuses on Monitoring and Learning to Accomplish Restoration Goals. USDA Blog, May 13.

Glacier National Park celebrates 105th anniversary., May 11.

Research aims to protect wolverine habitat. Valley Echo, April 29.

New Climate Leadership Team Tasked With Updating BC Climate Action Plan. Canadian Energy Perspectives, May 14.

Tester, Daines introduce Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act.

Blackfeet Tribe starts national campaign to cancel leases in the Badger-Two Medicine.  Glacier Reporter, April 29. Badger Two-Medicine Dispute Dates To Reagan Era. Montana Public Radio, April 23.
Beyond The Region 
Asian Countries are Hungry for Montana Energy. Flathead News, May 2.

Ottawa commits to 30-per-cent cut in GHGs but no regulations for oil sands. The Globe and Mail, May 15.

Montana governor signs bills to preserve Indian languages.

Publications and Resources
Learn about the CSKT Water Compact from Trout Unlimited's Bruce Farling in this audio presentation offered on May 21. Learn why CSKT water rights are so important and have ben poorly understood. 

New Adaptive Management Initiative Study:
Beaver Restoration Across Boundaries 

Practitioners' Network Summary Report for its National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation is available here.

UM to host Indigenous Summer Studies Institute June 22-July 17. Find more here

Join in on two Rocky Mountain Partner Forum webinars: CSKT Water Compact, May 21, 9 am MST; and Forest Management in the Crown, May 27, noon MST. More info and call-in numbers here.

Celebrate the achievements of Montana's Annual Wetlands and Watershed Stewardship Award Recipients on May 28, 2015 at the State Capitol in Helena, Montana. Learn the winners here!

The Legacy of Glacier's Women Artists. Opens May 28-July 18
in Kalispell.

Natural Resources Canada Enhancing Competitiveness in a Changing Climate. Call for Proposals. June 5 deadline.


CABIN Field Training. August 11-12, Golden. This Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network field training session requires advance completion of online training modules to gain access to the CABIN database. For more information contact

The 4th International Conference on Forests and Water in a Changing Environment, Kelowna, BC, Canada, July 6-9, 2015. Details 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 June 5, 2015 for inclusion in the June 2015 newsletter.