LinkageAreasMapThe Selkirk Initiative was launched in 2001 to address habitat protection for this vulnerable population. The heart of the Selkirk Mountains provides a safe haven for grizzlies, yet the population’s survival depends on two critical steps: 1) protecting access to food-rich lowland habitats the bears need during spring and fall, and 2) conserving dwindling linkage zones to reestablish connections and genetic flow with neighboring grizzly populations.