Online UM Magazine Examines Crown of Continent, Yellowstone

October 29, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana has released the Summer/Fall 2015 issue of its UM Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone E-Magazine. The magazine is online at

In this issue readers will find articles, essays, special features and a large number of photos and other visuals that focus on a wide range of topics involving these two iconic ecosystems, said Rick Graetz, co-director of UM’s Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone Initiative.

“This issue contains a wealth of information about research projects on the changing grizzly bear movement throughout the Crown, for example, and about population fluctuations of the intriguing boreal toads in Glacier National Park,” Graetz said.

Another piece discusses the inspiring collaborative efforts of the Blackfoot Challenge, which has brought scientists, ranchers and conservationists together to solve shared problems, and another article describes an initiative in Glacier’s Quartz Lake to remove an invasive lake trout population.

Graetz said a special photography segment in this issue features photos from John Ashley’s marvelous book, “Glacier National Park After Dark.” And in the Greater Yellowstone section, there’s a piece about the recent discovery of a much larger, deeper magma reservoir in under the park that is four times the size previously thought.

An installment of articles on the Yellowstone River is included in the issue, as is a piece about bark beetles that may be controversial because it poses this question: Are they really so bad? An essay on Yellowstone’s wildflowers and a personal story about a first encounter with hot and cold geysers in the southwest part of Greater Yellowstone region conclude that section.

The issue ends with four interesting Field Notes – short news pieces from and about these two magnificent and ever-fascinating landscapes and issues pertaining to them.

For further information about this UM initiative and previous issues of the e-magazine, visit or email the editors at and   


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