Ecosystem: Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem
Location: MT – Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area
Project Type: Acquisition
Summary: Vital Ground joined a coalition of public and private cooperators to protect 3,834 acres of privately held land within Montana’s Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area. The coalition included the Blackfoot Challenge (a community watershed conservation initiative), the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Vital Ground provided a grant to the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Foundation toward the purchase of this acreage. The property was placed into public ownership, consolidating the largest state wildlife management area in Montana. The Blackfoot-Clearwater WMA provides winter range for more than 1,000 elk and abundant habitat for bears and other carnivores. More than a half dozen grizzlies are known to use the area.