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Top 5 American Treasures to Protect in 2012

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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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3:33PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

thanks. beautiful

2:15PM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

it is a shame nothing east of the rockies were mentioned. There is a chain of mountains the Appalachian that need protected from mountain top removal. by doung that we save a lot of waterways also.I think part of the smookies are indanger also.

11:12AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

Save our agriculture--mitigate global warming--with "artificial trees" to collect CO2 from air and Enhanced Geothermal Systems to sequester the CO2 long term.

2:46AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

thanks for sharing

3:22PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Excellent! I especially hope that Alpine Lakes will be expanded.

1:22PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

All great ....though what about the Mustangs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
An all time American Treasure to Protect in any year....including 2012

12:24PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Corporate governance = corporate dream

11:50AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

Surely there must be unexploded ordinance on a former army base?
Does not sound like a destination place for this biker.

11:39AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

There are a lot of places in the US that need to be preserved. Unfortunately, the Republicans don't seem to see it that way. There is a bill, called "The Sportsmens Bill" that would open up public lands for mining and drilling. Lands that were not previously open for these operations would be open. This includes the Grand Canyon and other areas that we cherish. This would involve clearing a huge area of trees for both the operations site and roads so that heavy machinery and trucks could have access. You can call your Congressmen and Senators, put a letter to the editor in the newspaper and sign petitions. Apathy is the practice of doing nothing. After apathy comes the state of pathetic. If this goes thru, we'll have to change the title of the song "America the ?"

6:09AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

thank you for posting

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