A Changing Environment

The environment of the Crown of the Continent is changing. Ranchers who work closely with the region’s grasslands and livestock report more and more invasive weeds and dwindling water supply. Foresters struggle to stay ahead of pest outbreaks and wildlife. Wildlife managers report that while animals like Grizzly Bears are now ranging further onto the Upper Great Plains and the Canadian prairie than they have in 150 years, the need to connect isolated groups of these creatures with others outside the Crown is increasingly important.

The changing climate will have dramatic and lasting impacts on the Crown, its water, its wildlife and its people. In 2010 the Crown of the Continent Conservation Initiative undertook a first of its kind Climate Impacts Assessment of the Crown, examining a wide range of changes that could occur in the region over the next fifty to one hundred years.

Use the navigation bar at the left, or follow these links to learn how the changing climate may impact you, your family, and the future of the Crown.

Climate: Our Future

Climate: Fish and Wildlife

Climate: Forests and Fire

Climate: Water

Climate: Temperature