Other Campaigns in the Crown

In addition to our place-based work we are also working to understand how climate change is affecting the Crown of the Continent.

The more we know, the better we can help the Crown—and other places--become more resilient in the future.

Climate change in Montana's Crown of the Continent

The Crown of the Continent is a natural laboratory for scientists to study climate change. This is because the region’s natural diversity makes it more resilient to climate change impacts. Currently, we are working to understand the bigger picture changes taking place in the Crown over time.      

  • For this report, The Wilderness Society reviewed data from more than 16,000 parcels auctioned off by the state. The analysis details more than a century of land sales that have privatized and closed off an amount of once-accessible lands nearly the size of the entire Sawtooth National Forest. Parcels often end up in the hands of some of Idaho’s biggest industries, while others have been turned into gravel pits, strip malls and even exclusive private fishing retreats and lakeshore hideaways for those wealthy enough to buy them.

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  • In this report, we provide the policy framework for designating ORV trails and areas on federal lands, along with a series of recommendations based on recent case law and ten case studies from the Forest Service, BLM, and National Park Service that demonstrate both agency failures to comply with the executive order minimization criteria and good planning practices that could be incorporated into a model for application of the criteria.