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The Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent is a transboundary collaboration that addresses changing land use and climate in one of the largest intact landscapes in North America. Home to diverse stakeholders, this northern Rocky Mountain ecosystem bridges the United States and Canada, including Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park.
Please take a look at our video describing the cultural and ecological significance of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem and our innovative and powerful work in the region.
The Crown of the Continent spans the U.S. and Canada, where Alberta, British Columbia, and Montana meet. With Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park at its core, it is the only ecosystem in the U.S. that has continuously hosted all of its native species. This spectacular region is ecologically and culturally diverse, rich in tribal history, natural resources and beauty. The region faces stress from climate change and human development. By 2030 Glacier National Park is projected to lose all of its glaciers, fundamentally changing the hydrology of this continental headwaters.
The term "Crown of the Continent" was coined by George Bird Grinell, a Yale naturalist who visited the Northern Rockies at the turn of the 20th century. The name fits, as the region contains the headwaters for the major river systems of North America.
The Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent’s mission is to connect people to sustain and enhance culture, community and conservation across 18 million-acres of public and private lands in the Northern Rockies. The Roundtable envisions a socially and ecologically healthy Crown landscape and since 2009, has developed diverse and enduring partnerships with local communities, agencies, Tribes and First Nations.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are foundational cornerstones of successful work in the region and the Roundtable seeks to provide the space and opportunities to facilitate open discussions around complex management issues. These practices are what have allowed for deep engagement on challenging issues, and has positioned the Roundtable as a leader in collaborative large landscape conservation efforts.
Large landscape conservation efforts hold the potential of being more economically efficient, more inclusive in their decision-making and governance structures, and more likely to achieve lasting and meaningful conservation outcomes for the benefit of people and nature than current, piecemeal efforts.