Crown of the Continent Focus Areas

The Crown of the Continent is a spectacularly wild portion of Montana's Rockies — just as wild today as when Lewis and Clark traveled through it more than 200 years ago.

At Wilderness, our work in the Crown of the Continent focuses on three important areas.

Badger-Two Medicine

The Badger-Two Medicine is a place where culture and wildlands converge.

Northwestern Crown

The Northwestern Crown is a hidden, unprotected gem where conservation has been overlooked for too long.   

Southwestern Crown

We are righting decades of abuse and neglect in the Southwestern Crown by restoring water quality and protecting wild places.

Rocky Mountain Front

This wild corner of the Crown has a quality of life and land that’s all its own. We are making sure it stays that way.

 

  • Michael Reinemer

    Rather than using taxpayer dollars, the program’s funds come from a small slice of royalties from oil and gas leases in publicly owned offshore waters. 

    The 2017 budget would invest $900 million for conservation and recreation projects, which is the annual amount authorized by the 1964 bill that created this popular program. However, actual funding approved by Congress has traditionally fallen far short of that amount. 

    Alan Rowsome at The Wilderness Society commented:

  • Anonymous

    “The proposed guidelines from the Bureau of Land Management governing natural gas waste are a huge step forward toward ensuring public resources on federal lands are used for Americans’ benefit, and not wasted.

    “For too long, oil and gas companies have been able to vent and flare unlimited quantities of natural gas and ignore massive leaks from outdated infrastructure. These unregulated actions have immense consequences for American taxpayers, who lose out on more than $330 million annually from gas that is not being sold.

  • Jennifer Dickson

    The 2016 Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI) draft released by Utah Representative Rob Bishop fails to provide adequate protections for scenic public lands in the state, would undermine bedrock environmental laws and threatens to despoil key public lands.