Vital Ground works to protect and restore habitat for wild grizzly populations in ecosystems where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has designated grizzly bear recovery zones and where state wildlife management agencies have placed an emphasis on conserving the species. Our efforts are currently focused on key lands in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Vital Ground also partners with other organizations on projects in Alaska and British Columbia. Vital Ground is committed to ensuring that grizzly populations in the occupied ecosytems have access to enough high quality habitat to remain key components of these magnificent landscapes.

While the historic range of grizzlies once covered more than a third of what is now the continental United States, the USFWS Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan focuses on the six areas in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Washington that possesses habitat suitable for self-sustaining grizzly populations.

To learn more about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s grizzly bear recovery zones and Vital Ground’s projects,click on the links under “Conservation Work” to the right,  or move your cursor over the North American map and click on the area of interest.