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First Crown of the Continent conference held in Waterton National Park
 
The Crown of the Continent includes much of the area surrounding the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, in Alberta, British Columbia, and Montana. Encompassing multiple watersheds and spectacular vistas throughout, the Crown landscape attracts both praise and controversy, as evident by the first ever international Crown of the Continent conference held at the Waterton townsite on September 24 and 25.
Delegates and participants from throughout the region took part in the conference, which featured a number of speakers and events. Crowsnest Pass is an important part of the Crown region, and local residents attending the conference included Mayor John Irwin, Judy and Rick Cooke of the Crowsnest Conservation Society, Christa Peters, Monica Field, and David McIntyre. More than 200 people attended in all.
"I thought it was a great success," says Mayor Irwin, "and think it'll be repeated in the future. They're looking at doing more to integrate the Alberta and Montana sides, and to improve the place in the future."
Evan Berger, MLA for Livingstone-Macleod, also attended the event, and says that even though many of the speakers had different views, the overall goals were similar and everyone was very respectful.
"I think the different opportunities around tourism and promotion were well discussed," says Berger. "As much as anything it was an opportunity for people to showcase what they're doing." He says that these types of events and the connections made from them lead to big results, such as the National Geographic map that was created for the Crown area in previous years.
 
The weekend was not all about success and opportunity, however, as approximately a dozen residents of the surrounding area attended in order to protest planned logging in the Castle area, north of Waterton. The protesters wielded signs with phrases such as "The Great Outdoors, not Two-By-Fours".
The protesters, along with their supporters in the region, feel that logging harms the environment and hurts local wildlife species, while bringing no long-term economic benefits to the area. "We need the Castle intact," says Elaine Voth, the owner of a bed and breakfast near the Castle, "just like Waterton, for future sustainability."
Berger, who is Parliamentary Assistant for Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, says that the logging protest was respectful, and that several of them spoke with him. He says that he corrected some misinformation, of which he feels there exists plenty surrounding the issue, but that he is willing to discuss the ramifications of the logging plan.
Berger says that the logging is part of the C5 management plan, which was recently adopted by the Alberta government and which was created with consultation throughout the area. He said that people still have understandable disagreements over the final plan, but that the government is now operating under that plan.
The protesters stated that they feel the Castle area is integral to the ecological integrity of the entire Crown region, including for wildlife species such as grizzlies and elk, along with a number of species listed as rare or as species at risk.
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