Why the Southwestern Crown

High Country
Bruce Andre
Montana's Southwestern Crown wildland is a rich tapestry of lower elevation forests and communities in the Blackfoot, Clearwater and Swan river valleys.

The Southwestern Crown of the Continent is a wildland of working ranches, private timberlands, craggy mountain peaks, abundant wildlife and pristine lakes and streams.

As climate change continues to affect the region, we're working with local communities to make sure the Southwestern Crown is a more connected and more resilient wildland.

Wildlife hub

Because of its largely rural roots, the Southwestern Crown is one of America’s last places that provides habitat for grizzly bear, elk, deer, lynx, gray wolf, wolverine and a wide variety of bird species and native fish.

Unsurpassed wilderness

The Southwestern Crown is cradled by epic high-elevation landscapes such as the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and the Mission Mountains. They maintain a traditional outdoor heritage, support a growing nature-based economy and feed a regional Montana identity.

Unraveling nature

Habitats and natural processes that shape this place need help. Noxious weeds are literally weeding out more native plants each year, and a legacy of road building and mining have choked out native fish and degraded wildlife habitat. 

Culture of conservation

Forest communities, like Lincoln and Seeley Lake, have been a part of this area for a long time. The Southwestern Crown’s ranchers, forest workers and outdoor businesses share a culture of conservation and problem solving. In fact, the first citizen-initiated wilderness in the nation called the Scapegoat Wilderness originated from this area.