New Magazine Examines Crown of the Continent, Yellowstone Issues

July 28, 2017

MISSOULA – The latest issue of a University of Montana e-magazine delves into a potential gold mine near Yellowstone National Park, sculptures in the wild near Lincoln, the threat of invasive mussels to area waterways and much more.

The 60-page summer 2017 issue of the Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone Magazine is online at

The issue features articles by leading Montana scholars, writers and thinkers, as well as stunning photos that reveal the beauty of Big Sky Country. Rick Graetz, co-creator of UM’s Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone Initiative, says the e-magazine was developed to focus attention on topics affecting the iconic Crown of the Continent (Glacier National Park region) and Yellowstone ecosystems.

Beth Kampschror with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition writes about the proposed Crevice Mountain gold mine site near Yellowstone National Park. Contributor Susie Graetz reveals how an international group of artists made Lincoln a must-see destination, the Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild art park. Tom Bansak with UM’s Flathead Lake Biological Station writes about how invasive mussels have been detected in Montana for the first time, and how they must be stopped from spreading westward in the state.

Other articles include a book review, recruiting citizen scientists, wolves and livestock, and imperiled pikas. The “Field Notes” section addresses a potential International Dark Sky Park designation for Glacier and Waterton national parks, as well as the continued threat of whirling disease among trout.

For more information about the e-magazine or the initiative, visit or email the editors at or


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,