The role of each ecosystem subcommittee is to coordinate implementation of the policy, planning, research, management, and communication established by the Executive Committee as necessary to implement the Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan. Responsibilities of the ecosystem subcommittees include:

  • Develop an annual work plan, consistent with the IGBC 5-year plan to implement Executive Committee direction for their ecosystem(s) for review and approval by the Executive Committee;
  • Coordinate implementation of the approved annual work plan by member agencies;
  • Establish necessary teams to implement approved actions (i.e. technical issues, law enforcement, information and education, access management, etc.);
  • Report to the Executive Committee at each winter meeting on the progress of action items in the annual work plan and 5-year plan;
  • Recommend revisions to the 5-year plan based on the best available science and management action necessary to achieve recovery;
  • Identify funding or other resource needs to carry out the tasks assigned in the IGBC-approved annual work plan and 5-year plan and request support from the Executive Committee to meet resource needs.
  • If directed by the Executive Committee, develop a proposed conservation strategy for the ecosystem to be implemented upon delisting.
  • Identify issues that cannot be resolved at the Subcommittee level and elevate them to the Executive Committee for resolution.

Northern Continental Divide Subcommittee Membership

  • The Park Superintendent of Glacier National Park; 
  • The Forest Supervisors for the Helena-Lewis and Clark, Kootenai, Flathead, and Lolo National Forests; 
  • The Regional Supervisors of Regions 1, 2, and 4 for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; 
  • A representative of the Montana Department of Natural Resource Conservation; 
  • The Supervisor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ecological Service offices in MT; 
  • A representative from each of the Blackfeet Nation and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes; 
  • A representative of the Bureau of Land Management in MT; 
  • A representative from each of the wildlife agencies in British Columbia and Alberta wildlife; 
  • A representative of county government in MT.

If you can not view the membership list on this webpage, here is a PDF version dated 11/29/21.

Northern Continental Divide Subcommittee Past Meeting Materials

TitleDateTagsTypeSizeLinkhf:doc_tags
IGBC NCDE 2022 Fall Meeting Recording Part 5January 23, 2023video
IGBC NCDE 2022 Fall Meeting Recording Part 4January 23, 2023video
IGBC NCDE 2022 Fall Meeting Recording Part 3January 23, 2023video
IGBC NCDE 2022 Fall Meeting Recording Part 2January 23, 2023video
IGBC NCDE 2022 Fall Meeting Recording Part 1January 23, 2023video
GYE genetic augmentation Protocol 12.2022 FinalDecember 21, 2022269 KBconservation-strategy
NCDE fall 2022 science team summary, C CostelloDecember 16, 20222 MBpresentation
GYE genetic augmentation 11.21.22November 23, 2022314 KBreport
NCDE Winter 22 AgendaNovember 16, 2022175 KBagenda
220519 NCDE Spring 2022 trend monitoring (presented by Cecily Costello)June 13, 20229 MBpresentation
220519 IGBC Update (presented by David Diamond)June 13, 2022840 KBpresentation
NCDE Meeting Recording May 19, 2022 (part 1)May 25, 2022video
Considerations and preliminary step-down plan: Translocating NCDE grizzly bears to the GYE for genetic augmentation, draft dated April 4, 2022 (presented by Rich Harris)May 25, 2022222 KBdraft-document
Genetic augmentation of grizzly bears in the GYE: Pilot Program Rationale and Process, March 18, 2022 (presented by Rich Harris)May 25, 2022304 KBdraft-document
NCDE Meeting Recording May 19, 2022 (part 2)May 25, 2022video
220519 NCDE Spring AgendaMay 9, 202277 KBagenda
211201-Fall-NCDE-FINAL-AgendaNovember 29, 2021123 KBagenda
Trend Monitoring Program Update (2019)August 19, 20212 MB
NCDE Spring Research and Monitoring Update (presented by Cecily Costello)April 30, 20212 MBpresentation
NCDE Grizzly Bear Conflict & Mortality Review (presented by Hilary Cooley)April 30, 2021958 KBpresentation
Public-Private Habitat Conservation in northwest Montana (presented by Kris Tempel)April 29, 20218 MBpresentation
Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Mtg. Agenda 4/29-30/2021April 29, 2021200 KBagenda
Southwest Montana Grizzly Bear DNA Monitoring (presented by Jennifer Fortin-Noreus)April 29, 2021462 KBpresentation
NCDE Habitat Monitoring – Annual Status Report (presented by Kathy Ake)November 23, 20201 MBreport
NCDE Trend Monitoring Program Update (presented by Cecily Costello)November 23, 20202 MBpresentation
Habitat Conservation in NorthWest MontanaNovember 23, 20202 MBpresentation
Bear Specialist Report – FWP Region 1 (presented by Tim Manley)November 23, 202011 MBpresentation
Bear Specialist Report – FWP Region 4 (presented by Wesley Sarmento)November 23, 20203 MBpresentation
2020 Winter NCDE AgendaNovember 23, 2020557 KBagenda
Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Mtg. Agenda 5/29/2020May 29, 2020105 KBagenda
Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Mtg. Summary 12/3/2019December 3, 2019286 KBminutes
Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Mtg. Summary 11/29/2017November 29, 2017172 KBminutes
Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Mtg. Summary 4/30/2019April 30, 2017509 KBminutes
Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Mtg. Summary 4/25/2017April 25, 2017423 KBminutes
Grizzly Bear Demographics in the NCDE (2016)April 25, 20175 MB
Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Mtg. Summary 11/29/2016November 29, 2016118 KBminutes
Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Mtg. Summary 4/19/2016April 19, 2016115 KBminutes
Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Mtg. Summary 12/2/2015December 22, 2015585 KBminutes
Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Mtg. Summary 5/6/2015May 6, 2015292 KBminutes
Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Mtg. Summary 12/2/2014December 2, 2014472 KBminutes
Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Mtg Summary 4/23/2014April 23, 2014330 KBminutes

Northern Continental Divide Subcommittee Policy, Management and Research Reports

TitleDateTagsTypeSizeLinkhf:doc_tags
2021 Biennial Report of Motorized Access Baseline within the Primary Conservation Area (PCA)June 21, 2022864 KBreport-habitat
2019 Biennial Report of Motorized Access Baseline within the Primary Conservation Area (PCA)December 1, 2021862 KBreport-habitat
USGS Noninvasive Monitoring MethodsAugust 19, 20211 MB
NCDE Conservation StrategyAugust 19, 20215 MBconservation-strategy
Montana Grizzly Bear Regulatory Mechanisms (2019)August 19, 20213 MB
NCDE Conservation Strategy Frequently Asked QuestionsAugust 19, 2021362 KBconservation-strategy
Summary of Editorial Changes to the NCDE Conservation Strategy (updated 8/18/2021)August 19, 2021234 KBconservation-strategy
Federal Register Notice for the Draft Conservation Strategy for the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem Grizzly Bear (5/3/2013)August 19, 2021193 KBconservation-strategy
Grizzly Bear Management Annual Report: FWP Region 4 (2019, Sarmento)August 19, 20211 MB
Grizzly Bear Management Annual Report: FWP Region 1 (2019, Manley)August 19, 20212 MB
Grizzly Bear Management Annual Report: FWP Region 4 (2018, Sarmento)August 19, 2021335 KB
Grizzly Bear Management Annual Report: FWP Region 1 (2018, Manley)August 19, 20212 MB
Grizzly Bear Management Annual Report: FWP Region 4 (2017, Madel)August 19, 20211 MB
Grizzly Bear Management Annual Report: FWP Region 1 (2017, Manley)August 19, 20212 MB
Grizzly Bear Management Annual Report: FWP Region 4 (2016, Madel)August 19, 2021100 KB
Grizzly Bear Management Annual Report: FWP Region 1 (2016, Manley)August 19, 20212 MB
Grizzly Bear Management Annual Report: FWP Region 1 (2015, Manley)August 19, 20211 MB
2020 Biennial Report of Developed Recreation Baseline within the Primary Conservation AreaMay 1, 2021488 KBreport-habitat
2020 Biennial Monitoring of Active Cattle and/or Sheep Grazing Allotments/Leases within the Primary Conservation AreaApril 20, 2021167 KBreport-habitat
2018 Biennial Monitoring of Active Cattle and/or Sheep Grazing Allotments/Leases within the Primary Conservation AreaDecember 1, 2020164 KBreport-habitat
2018 Biennial Report of Developed Recreation Baseline within the Primary Conservation AreaNovember 1, 2020489 KBreport-habitat
2017 Biennial Report of Motorized Access Baseline within the Grizzly Bear Primary Conservation Area (PCA)December 1, 2019871 KBreport-habitat
Interagency Monitoring Plan for the NCDE (2005)April 19, 20051 MBmonitoring-plan