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December 20, 2012


The autumn 2012 issue of the Crown of the Continent e-magazine has been released and can be found online at

 The new issue contains scientific articles, which discuss the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ bull trout research and take a look at invasive plant species. It also contains historical articles, which tell the stories of George Bird Grinnell’s climb to the glacier that now bears his name in Glacier National Park, and of former Northern Pacific President Henry Villard’s 1883 tour of the Mission Valley.

The issue also includes an article and infographic on the use of animal-crossing structures and contains stunning photographs by John Lambing in the “Crowning Moments” section.

The region called the Crown of the Continent encompasses the greater Glacier and Waterton International Peace Park, reaching across the Continental Divide from the Elk River headwaters and Crowsnest Pass in Canada to Rogers Pass and the Blackfoot River drainage in Montana.

The University of Montana launched the Crown of the Continent Initiative to provide an educational catalyst for collaboration between UM and Glacier National Park. The initiative continues to grow and now includes many groups, organizations, agencies and institutions beyond the park in Montana, Alberta and British Columbia.

The initiative publishes three color-filled e-magazines each year, providing up-to-date information about issues driving decisions and research in the Crown. The magazines cover everything from the physical and historical geography of the Crown to interesting scientific research on the region’s wildlife, climate, rivers, glaciers and more.

To receive other Crown of the Continent Initiative updates, email The Crown of the Continent website is at Current and past issues of the e-magazine are available in PDF format on the website under “publications.”

For more information email Rick Graetz or Jerry Fetz, initiative co-directors, at





Contact: Rick Graetz, UM Crown of the Continent Initiative co-director, 406-439-9277,; Jerry Fetz, UM Crown of the Continent Initiative co-director, 406-546-5711, .