Progress

Since CCI’s founding in 2010, it has helped to accomplish several significant milestones related to large landscape conservation by leveraging the resources, capacities and strategies of its member groups.

Creation of Castle Wildland and Provincial Park

In 2016, CCI celebrated the long-awaited designation of Alberta’s Castle Wildland and Provincial Park. Recognizing that as the climate changes, wildlife will increasingly need to move between protected areas, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and CCI partners breathed new life into this 30-year campaign, resulting in permanent protection of the 1,000 sq. km Castle Special Place.

Protection of Badger-Two-Medicine from Drilling

In 2016, CCI member groups and tribal partners celebrated the U.S. Department of Interior’s decision to cancel oil and gas leases in the sacred Badger-Two Medicine region of Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front. CCI initiated conversations between tribal partners and conservation groups, facilitated strategy sessions and helped raise resources to support this multi-year effort.

Establishment of the Crown Adaptation Partnership

In 2014, CCI helped to cement an important relationship with public lands managers in the Crown through the formation of the Crown Adaptation Partnership, a collaboration designed to advance the implementation of climate-smart conservation strategies for priority lands and wildlife.

Completed Climate Impacts Assessment and Climate Change Adaptation Gap Analysis for the Crown of the Continent Region

CCI’s first-of-its-kind assessment has two parts: the Climate Impacts Assessment, published in 2010, details expected impacts of climate change on the Crown’s ecosystems; the Climate Change Adaptation Gap Analysis, completed in June of 2014, provides detailed programs that can be put in place to lessen the impact of climate change on the Crown’s natural landscapes and the human communities that depend on them. Together, this work is a significant body of foundational information and strategy that enables organizations, agencies, tribes and communities to address the impacts of climate change on-the-ground, and at a variety of policy and practical levels. Click here to read the assessment report.

Transboundary Protection from Drilling in the Flathead Valley

In 2010, led by Wildsight, Y2Y and NPCA, the Transboundary Flathead team successfully advocated for a ban on oil, gas and mineral withdrawal from the British Columbia portion of the Flathead River watershed; then on the Montana side successfully advocated for the permanent withdrawal of oil and gas development from 400,000 acres of the North Fork River valley.

Protection of Key Wildlife Corridors and Habitat in Montana

CCI has played a key role in a number of successful collaborative wildlife efforts:

  • Spearheaded by NPCA, the Wilderness Society and others, CCI participated in a collaborative of non-traditional allies (timber interests, off-highway vehicle enthusiasts, business owners, and NGOs) that built bottom-up support for conservation in Montana’s Whitefish Range, a key-north south wildlife movement corridor identified by the Wildlife Conservation Society. CCI brought allies together to reach consensus on a common vision for the Whitefish Range.
  • CCI supported The Nature Conservancy’s Montana Legacy Project by helping frame the project in the context of the Crown ecosystem. This has been hailed as the most ambitious private land conservation effort ever undertaken in the United States, which as of 2016 has protected 310,000 acres of land critical for climate adaptation purposes.
  • CCI’s Climate Impact Analysis provided design resources for The Wilderness Society’s Southwest Crown Collaborative forest restoration project which maintains working lands jobs while managing 1.5 million acres of national forest land in Montana for the impacts of climate change.