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

    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.