Year: 1991
Acres: 240
Ecosystem: Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem
Location: MT – Rocky Mountain Front
Project Type: Acquisition and conservation easement

Summary: Vital Ground’s first project. The property is adjacent to The Nature Conservancy’s Pine Butte Swamp Preserve and provides a critical riparian corridor for grizzly bears as they venture into the prairie ecosystem. Vital Ground purchased the property and donated a conservation easement to TNC. Vital Ground and TNC entered into a management agreement whereby the property was managed by TNC. In 2007, Vital Ground sold the property outright to TNC allowing the organization to reinvest the dollars in other conservation projects.

Vital Ground's very first habitat acquisition in 1991, the Toy property in Montana, with the Rocky Mountain Front  emerging out of the background.

Vital Ground’s very first habitat acquisition in 1991, the Toy property in Montana, with the Rocky Mountain Front emerging out of the background. Photo by Rita Wolfe.