The Swan Valley flanks the western portion of the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem, which is known as one of the last remaining wild and intact landscapes in North America. It is one of the few remaining places on earth that still harbors its full complement of native fish and wildlife species in their natural habitats, including all the large mammals of the Northern Rockies such as wolves, grizzly and black bears, elk, mountain lions, moose, coyotes, fox, wolverine, bobcat, and Canada lynx.
The forested valley floor supports this variety of wildlife while also hosting a small human community of 600 people. People have learned to co-exist with large carnivores such as grizzly bears in part to our conservation approach which emphasizes sound forest and wetland stewardship practices, research and monitoring, and natural history education and outreach programs, while valuing the complex relationships between the landscape and the people who live, work, and play here.
In light of climate change, the Swan Watershed and this 10 million acre intact ecosystem will play a critical role in maintaining the viability of native fauna and flora by providing large core habitat areas and connected landscapes.
MAP - Braided River