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

    Development of natural areas in the United States, coupled with expected changes in climate, have increased the importance of migration corridors that connect protected natural areas. Large, connected wild lands reduce the isolation of animal and plant populations and allow for migration and movement that can help preserve populations of wild species and enhance genetic and ecosystem diversity. 

  • Sarah Graddy

    An analysis of more than 8,700 low-producing natural gas wells in two counties in the San Juan Basin, San Juan and Rio Arriba, determined that BLM’s rule will have little to no negative impact on these marginal wells.

    The results of the study indicate that the new rule—which aims to reduce waste from venting, flaring and leaks from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands—will actually increase overall production and royalties paid to support vital services in the state of New Mexico.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The measure would permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, protect two wilderness areas in New Mexico and address water supply and river restoration efforts in the Yakima Basin in Washington state.