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.

  • 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and gas companies have been able to vent and flare unlimited quantities of natural gas and ignore massive leaks from outdated infrastructure.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.