Taking action on climate change in the Crown of the Continent
Anne Carlson, The Wilderness Society, Crown Adaptation Partnership and Erin Sexton, Flathead Lake Biological Station, University of Montana, Crown Managers Partnership, Crown Adaptation Partnership
Regan Nelson, Crown Conservation Initiative, Crown Adaptation Partnership; Ian Dyson, Crown Adaptation Partnership; and Linh Hoang, US Forest Service, Northern Rockies Adaptation Partnership, Crown Managers Partnership, Crown Adaptation Partnership
The Crown Adaptation Partnership (CAP) is a stakeholder-driven process that brings together representatives from jurisdictions across the Crown of the Continent to establish a shared understanding of the effects of climate change, prioritize climate conservation targets, and identify and implement adaptation strategies that have the potential to build resilience to current and projected climate change impacts.
By identifying and replicating examples of successful adaptation actions across the landscape, managers are developing coordinated management actions to achieve borderless outcomes for native salmonids, terrestrial invasive plants, five needle pines, mid-size carnivores, connectivity, and fire management.
Led by the Crown Managers Partnership, the U.S. Forest Service's Northern Rockies Adaptation Partnership, Crown Conservation Initiative, and The Wilderness Society, the CAP team first formed in 2014 and has subsequently received support from the Crown Roundtable and Great Northern LCC. The partnership brings together more than 70 state, federal, and provincial agencies; tribes and First Nations; non-governmental conservation organizations; industry; university staff and community groups from the United States and Canada.