The Southwest Crown encompasses diverse forests, scenic working ranches, pristine lakes and streams, and abundant wildlife. It provides valuable public benefits, including abundant wildlife habitat, outstanding hunting, fishing, and other recreational opportunities. Clearly, this magnificent landscape means a lot of things to a lot of people—both to locals and visitors who come to experience western Montana.At any time of the year people are outside enjoying all this landscape has to offer—whether they’re skiing or snowmobiling, backpacking and hiking, fishing, birding, hunting or berry-picking—balancing solitude with access is one challenge.
Another is maintaining the right kind of infrastructure for activities such as horseback riding, mountain-biking and camping. As more and more people seek the gifts that the outdoors provide, and rely on the economic engine these kinds of activities power, striking the right kind of balance is all the more important.
The SWCC will use a number of tools to help keep our recreation infrastructure maintained and the health and beauty of the natural environment intact.