Interactive Map: Click the light green areas to identify recovery zones. Click the red bubbles to identify projects.
The Selkirk Ecosystem is located in northernmost Idaho, the northeast corner of Washington, and the southern tip of British Columbia. The 2,200 square-mile Selkirk Ecosystem is the smallest of the grizzly recovery zones and home to a population of only 80 grizzlies (Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, 2015) in the trans-border area of the U.S. and Canada. This region is a narrow peninsula of grizzly habitat that extends down from Canada, yet recent research indicates that the Selkirk bears in the U.S. are now genetically isolated from other populations. Maintaining habitat connections to bears in Canada to the north and in the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem to the east is essential to sustain and recover the Selkirk population. Through solo projects and partnerships, Vital Ground has helped protect approximately 140,000 acres in the ecosystem in Idaho and British Columbia.