A central activity undertaken by the CMP is an annual forum where participants share information and explore opportunities for improved interagency cooperation. Venues for the forum rotate among the 2 Canadian provinces and the state of Montana. The annual forum is a time when partners identify and discuss those issues that need to be addressed at regional or ecosystem scales. The CMP encourages public participation in the forum. Objectives of the forum are:
- Build awareness of common interests and issues in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem
- Build relationships and opportunities for collaboration across mandates and borders
- Report on collaborative work already underway and identify opportunities for further cooperation
Each annual forum focuses on a challenging regional theme or topic; international experts are invited to speak at the forum and participants discuss how they might work well together across agencies to manage that particular issue. Past themes include the decline of Whitebark pine ecosystem, wildfire management, exotic plant management, watershed management and ecological health indicators.