Southwestern Crown

Montana’s Southwestern Crown is threatened by decades of mismanagement. We are leading an effort to ensure we leave it better than we found it.

The Southwestern Crown forms the southwestern boundary of the spectacular Bob Marshall Wilderness but its forests and streams have gradually been degraded for a century. The future of this place depends on fixing the broken parts and protecting the working ones. 

Why the Southwestern Crown?

In an era of climate change, the Southwestern Crown is a crucial piece of a fully connected and more resilient wild landscape.

Work we’re doing

We bring the wild back to forests that have lost it and permanently protect those that haven’t.

Our partners

We stitch together neighbors and new allies to advance conservation by recognizing and honoring their place on the land. 

  • In the first of a three management plans to be released in 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Colorado missed a great opportunity to protect some of Colorado's most treasured landscapes—including the Dolores River, lands surrounding Mesa Verde National Park and recreation hub

  • When school was out for the summer in the suburbs of Manhattan where I grew up, my mom packed our little Subaru hatchback with sleeping bags, a tent, a cooler filled with fruit and sandwich meat, hiking boots, rain gear, and three kids, and headed West.  Like generations before and since, w

  • The Forest Service recently released a plan that could protect much of Colorado’s Thompson Divide from new oil and gas leasing. For years, this spectacular area has been threatened by oil and gas development.