Northwestern Crown

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

Much of the northwestern section of Montana's Crown of the Continent relies on tourism and outdoor recreation for economic support. And although Glacier National Park is well-loved, many adjacent wildlands and river still have mineral leases that been overlooked for decades.

Why the Northwestern Crown

The northwestern section of Montana's Crown of the Continent sustains a vital tourism industry and the highest density of grizzly bears in the continental United States.

Work we are doing

Best known as home to Glacier National Park, Montana's Northwestern Crown has many wildlands still in need of protection.

Our partners

We are one of many partners in the Northwestern Crown working to provide a robust future for wild rivers, wildlands and sustainable local economies.

  • Jennifer Dickson

    According to the agency, this is the first time the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Farmington Field Office and the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) Navajo Regional Office will jointly conduct an analysis of management in the area that covers both public and tribal lands.  

    The following are statements in response to the announcement:

  • Anastasia Greene

    The We Can’t Wait report shows how outdated leasing guidelines, which cost taxpayers $62 million each year and create mounting environmental threats and cleanup costs, require immediate action. The report explores how modernizing the leasing program would safeguard the value of our public lands for generations to come.

  • Jennifer Dickson

    The plan is part of the highly controversial Gasco Natural Gas Development Project, which the Bureau of Land Management approved in 2012. That decision initially approved nearly 1,300 new oil and gas wells in Utah’s greater Desolation Canyon region. This 16-well project was one of the first site-specific authorizations to follow.