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. 

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and gas companies have been able to vent and flare unlimited quantities of natural gas and ignore massive leaks from outdated infrastructure.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