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Greater Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Subpopulation Delisting Fact Sheet


May 17, 2016  |  by kevin

The Vital Ground Foundation The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed removing grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) from […]

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Vital Ground Participates in Montana License Plate Program


May 10, 2016  |  by Adrienne Ingram

In 2008, Vital Ground joined the ranks of other conservation foundations and wildlife-focused nonprofits in the Montana Charity License Plate Program. Vital […]

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Grizzly Bears, A Keystone Species?


May 6, 2016  |  by kevin

Where a Grizzly Can Walk, the Earth is Healthy and Whole By Lisa Densmore Ballard Within the alpine and subalpine woodlands of […]

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Play a Part in Conservation


April 1, 2016  |  by Adrienne Ingram

For Vital Ground, the term “partnership” is not just reserved for relationships with other organizations, but rather, encompasses Vital Ground’s conservation philosophy. […]

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Vital Ground Recognizes the Importance of Partners


March 22, 2016  |  by Adrienne Ingram

 Power in Numbers    The phrase “Power in Numbers” is not lost on the conservation world – especially not Vital Ground. To […]

Recent population research (Kendall et al., 2015) indicates grizzly bear occupancy within five miles of the proposed project. Grizzly bears within the area remain about half the desired population goals.

Weber Gulch


March 21, 2016  |  by kevin

New Vital Ground Project in the Works Perched atop a steep ridge overlooking the Clark Fork Valley near Thompson Falls is a […]

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Vital Ground Conserves Land, Wildlife and People


March 14, 2016  |  by Adrienne Ingram

Utilizing a tactfully crafted strategy in order to promote the best conservation ethic, Vital Ground blends several approaches to adapt to the […]

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Grizzly Bear Delisting on the Horizon


March 6, 2016  |  by Michael Hanan

Two out of the six grizzly bear recovery zones in the U.S. are being considered for delisting, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and […]

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Holistic and Connective Conservation Approach Promotes Grizzly Recovery


March 1, 2016  |  by kevin

As the premier grizzly bear conservation organization in the world, Vital Ground works as a land trust to ensure grizzlies have wild […]

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What’s on the Menu May Surprise You


February 25, 2016  |  by kevin

Contributed by Julie Boehm When most of us think of grizzly bear meal-time, we likely picture them chasing down ground squirrels or […]

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Protecting the Grizzly Stronghold in Alaska


February 25, 2016  |  by kevin

Alaska is known for its wild tundra and rich coastal salmon streams, making it a strong ecosystem for healthy grizzly bear habitat. […]

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Creating a ‘Healthy and Whole Earth’ Through Grizzly Habitat Conservation


February 23, 2016  |  by kevin

Guided by objective science, driven by wildlife and open-space values, and primarily focused on private lands, Vital Ground protects crucial grizzly bear […]

High-traffic highways are dangerous barriers for grizzly bears and other wildlife.

Bears on the Move


February 2, 2016  |  by kevin

By Robb Krehbiel After decades of conservation work from countless individuals, grizzly bear populations are growing in and around Yellowstone and Glacier […]

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The Grizzly Predicament in North America


February 1, 2016  |  by kevin

Contributed by Julie Boehm Over the last 200 years, grizzly bears have lost 94 percent of their historic territory. Their population was […]

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Wildlife Ambassador Bart the Bear 2


January 30, 2016  |  by kevin

Wow — 25 years in the wildlife habitat conservation business! Inspired to act on behalf of Bart’s wild relatives, in 1990 Doug […]

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Recurring Donations Easy, Effective Way to Contribute


January 29, 2016  |  by kevin

Individuals are very important in helping Vital Ground to conserve grizzly country. When many people donate regularly – even as little as […]

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Gobi Bear Update


January 28, 2016  |  by kevin

From Vital Ground Board member Douglas H. Chadwick From mid-April through mid-May of 2014, I made my fourth spring expedition to the […]

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Derek and Heather Reich Team Up for Grizzly Conservation


January 22, 2016  |  by kevin

Member/Business Partner Profile By Michael Hanan and Vital Ground staff  When Derek and Heather Reich captured an old male grizzly bear in […]

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The Right Place Campaign


January 21, 2016  |  by kevin

Protecting The Right Places In the United States we are fortunate to have millions of acres of public lands under relatively good […]

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Lessons from “Bears Without Fear”


January 13, 2016  |  by kevin

Bears Without Fear by Kevin Van Tighem Reviewed by Sally O. Smyth Almost every page of Bears Without Fear by Kevin Van […]

Long Meadow, 2013. Carolyn, Mark, and Linn Lawrence (pictured left to right) joined Elk Flats’ neighbors to protect more than 300 acres of Montana’s upper Swan Valley, and the family’s original
homestead. Long Meadow is now a 2-½ acre glacial pothole wetland after it was drained nearly a century ago. Vital Ground staff photo.

Swan Valley Homesteads Protected Forever


January 12, 2016  |  by kevin

In 2013, Landowners and Vital Ground Collaborated to Conserve Ecologically Bountiful Area of Northwest Montana. According to Alice Brunson Lawrence’s memoir My […]

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Doug Seus and Bart the Bear 2.


January 10, 2016  |  by kevin

Vital Ground evolved from a unique relationship between a man and a bear. In 1977, a Kodiak brown bear cub born in […]

Bart the Bear License Plate

‘Bart the Bear’ Collector License Plate


January 7, 2016  |  by kevin

Get your very own Vital Ground “Bart the Bear” collector plate and show your support of Vital Ground’s habitat conservation efforts in […]

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See Vital Ground’s Interactive Maps and Projects in Prime Grizzly Habitat in Montana’s Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem


January 4, 2016  |  by kevin

The Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem — a 9,600-square-mile area comprised of Glacier National Park, the Swan Valley, the Rocky Mountain Front, surrounding national […]

Photo by Robert Scriba

Thank you for a fabulous year!


December 30, 2015  |  by kevin

Although we’re still tallying year-end contributions and pledges — as the clock strikes midnight December 31, 2015, we’re confident we’ll achieve our […]