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The University of Montana recently announced that the initiative known since 2008 as the "UM Crown of the Continent Initiative" has expanded and become the "UM Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone Initiative." We now focus our efforts, including our "Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone E-Magazine" on both of these extraordinary ecosystems, each with iconic National Parks at their centers. Both this website and the E-Magazine continue to make available important and, we hope, enlightening information, stories, scientific articles, maps, historic features, news, art work, and photography. After introducing the addition of Greater Yellowstone to the initiative with an issue of the E-Magazine focused solely on the GY, our previous issue focused on both, as it will in future issues as well. Our newest issue appeared in March. This issue contains articles and features, as well as a wealth of photos and other visual images related to scientific and educational projects, the history of, and recent developments and new information about the Crown and Greater Yellowstone. We have also added in this issue a new "bridge" section that presents pieces that are relevant to both of these ecosystems and beyond. A special feature of this issue is a section on the Yellowstone art of Thomas Moran.                           

We hope that visitors to this website will browse further here, access that and earlier issues of our E-Magazine, view the results of a recent survey on the value of public lands, and send us their comments and questions about any or all of this to us at crown.yellowstone@mso.umt.edu. In the meantime, we hope that all of our visitors are spending at least part of their summer out in the Crown, in Greater Yellowstone, or in other inspiring, informative, and enjoyable parks, forests, and natural places in our special region or beyond.

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