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elcome to this 5th issue of the University of Montana’s Crown of the Continent E-Magazine, Spring 2011. First of all, we want to thank the numerous contributors to this issue, all of whom are committed to helping us make available and accessible to our diverse readers a wide range of information and articles about the Crown and about their individual or their organizations’ Crown-related activities, whether they are occurring today or occurred in the colorful past. Without their generous willingness to share what they are doing in the areas of research, education, conservation, and just plain enjoying the Crown, our collaborative initiative here at the University of Montana would not be possible. In this issue we are fortunate to be able to feature some marvelous photos by Doug Dye. We hope and expect that they will inspire many of you to get out into your favorite parts of the Crown as spring (finally) emerges from its long winter’s sleep and makes those places accessible by means other than snowshoes and cross-country skis. Continuing readers will notice that, following up on our first “Towns of the Crown” feature in the last issue that focused on Fernie, B.C., we are including here a piece on another fascinating Crown town, Choteau, Montana. We are also pleased to include in this issue another article that highlights what has come to be called “citizen science,” which this time describes that program as it is sponsored and carried out by Glacier Park’s Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center. Readers will recall that in our previous issue we carried a feature from and about one of our Canadian partners, the Miistakis Institute in Calgary, that also sponsors several important “citizen science” projects that were described there. Thanks to the Missoulian we are including here as well a delightful and informative article about Glacier Park’s Superintendents, written by Tristan Scott. And with permission of the author and publisher, we are printing a chapter from C.W. Guthrie’s book, Glacier National Park: the First Hundred Years, that we are certain will appeal to all readers interested in the park’s colorful history. And those readers should also like the excerpt we re-publish here from the book Splendid Was the Trail, by K.D. Swan, a long-time forester with the US Forest Service. And we are also offering short pieces in this issue on Flathead’s lavish cherish blossoms and on the intriguing Triple Divide Peak in Glacier Park. This edition also contains information about summer programs sponsored by the Glacier Institute of Kalispell, and The Glacier Fund, which supports a wide range of important activities in the Park, has also contributed to this issue an article that outlines its mission and some of the significant work and sponsorships that it, through its donors and capable staff, makes possible. Our “Book Recommendation” for this issue will also, we hope, inspire our readers not only to purchase or check out from a nearby library the marvelous book View with a Room. Glacier’s

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