Crown of the Continent in Montana
Spanning 16,000 square miles across northwest and central Montana, the Crown of the Continent is one of the most unsurpassed mountain regions in the world and a testament to the success of large-scale, public-private partnerships. Protecting it is key to linking a vast ecosystem that spans from Canada to Yellowstone. This area consists of the newly expanded Rocky Mountain Front Conservation Area, the wild North Fork of the Flathead River, and a plethora of mountains and valleys.
Over the next year and beyond, many federal agencies will work to expand and protect the proposed Crown of the Continent Conservation Area. Because approximately 40 percent of the area is public land, partnerships with private entities are essential. This year’s efforts will focus on the acquisition of conservation easements, which are land-preservation agreements between willing local landowners and the federal government or land trusts. The result will be the continued protection of this impressive yet fragmented wild place.
Photo from Gord McKenna via flickr.
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