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Artist Joseph S. Venus Donates Artwork


July 7, 2014  |  by kevin

Utah artist Joe Venus, who paints wildlife, western and prehistoric art – donated reproduction rights of his painting No Trespassing, which features […]

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June 19, 2014  |  by kevin

Friends of Vital Ground Reception and Book Launch Party Please join Vital Ground’s founding board member and National Geographic author, Doug Chadwick, […]

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


April 10, 2014  |  by kevin

Landowners, Vital Ground, Collaborate to Conserve Ecologically Bountiful Area of Northwest Montana According to Alice Brunson Lawrence’s memoir My Swan River Memories, […]

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Vital Ground, Montana Landowners Conserve 316 Acres


March 31, 2014  |  by kevin

News for Immediate Release December 26, 2013 Media Contacts: Kevin Rhoades 406-549-8650 Photos Available Elk Flats Neighbors Project Permanently Protects Swan Valley […]

Vital Ground works to protect and restore wild grizzly populations and their habitat in the ecosystems designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as grizzly bear recovery zones. Photo by Larry Aumiller.

Join Vital Ground for 2014 ‘Wild Bear Adventure’


February 24, 2014  |  by kevin

Join Vital Ground and friends on our October 2014 Wild Bear Adventure to Knight Inlet, British Columbia, Canada. This will be an […]

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Heartwarming glimpse into the relationship between a couple and their clan of movie-star grizzly bears


February 10, 2014  |  by kevin

From United Kingdom’s Mail Online: This is a unique glimpse into the heart-warming relationship between a couple and their clan of movie-star […]

The Elk Flats Neighbors Project will benefit deer, moose, grizzly bears and other sensitive fish and wildlife species.

Vital Ground, Montana Landowners Conserve 316 Acres


December 26, 2013  |  by kevin

Elk Flats Neighbors Project Permanently Protects Swan Valley Fish and Wildlife Habitat Missoula, Mont. – The Vital Ground Foundation this month teamed […]

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Missoula County Commissioners Approve Conservation Easements Brokered by Vital Ground


December 5, 2013  |  by kevin

Missoulian: Following the unanimous recommendation of the Open Lands Committee, Missoula County commissioners unanimously approved $150,000 of public open-space bond funds to […]

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Commissioners to Decide Whether to Fund Elk Flats Project


December 3, 2013  |  by kevin

Missoulian: Missoula County commissioners this week will decide whether $150,000 of open space bond funds will go toward conservation easements for the […]

Doug and Lynne Seus and Bart the Bear.

Vital Ground Milestones


November 8, 2013  |  by kevin

November 8, 2013 Let’s Celebrate! Today marks 23 years since Doug and Lynne Seus founded The Vital Ground Foundation. Since before our […]

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Happy Anniversary to Vital Ground!


November 8, 2013  |  by kevin

November 8, 2013 Let’s Celebrate! Today marks 23 years since Doug and Lynne Seus founded The Vital Ground Foundation. Since before our […]

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Doug Seus and Bart the Bear 2.


October 31, 2013  |  by kevin

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

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Zoo Keepers Serve Spaghetti, Raise $25,000 for Grizzly Bear Conservation


October 15, 2013  |  by kevin

What do grizzly bears and spaghetti have in common? An Internet surfer searching for an answer might find a little-known rock group […]

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Race Proceeds Benefit Swan Valley Ranger Program


October 7, 2013  |  by kevin

Vital Ground was well represented at last summer’s Celebrate the Swan “Race for the Trails” competition. The eleventh annual foot race included […]

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Elk Flats Neighbors Project


October 1, 2013  |  by kevin

Swan Valley Partners Share A Common Vision For Their Land Vital Ground has teamed up with six landowners in Montana’s Swan Valley […]

Doug Seus and Bart the Bear.

Vital Ground on Wikipedia!


September 11, 2013  |  by kevin

Thanks to help from Vital Ground Trustee Sally Smyth and spouse Tom DeMarco, Vital Ground is listed in the world’s largest online […]

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Hair-Snagging Study to Determine Grizzly Population Estimate


September 10, 2013  |  by kevin

Vital Ground contributes $10,000 to project During the summer of 2012 a crew of 70 setup and monitored bear hair-snagging stations across […]

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DRUID PEAK film – Come to Special Screening Event!


August 15, 2013  |  by kevin

From Executive Producer and Vital Ground Board Member Maureen Mayer: Druid Peak was filmed on location in Jackson Hole, Wyo. THANK YOU […]

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Vital Ground Projects Featured in Bare Essentials Magazine


August 13, 2013  |  by kevin

Magnificent in its own right, the grizzly bear is nature’s barometer of a healthy and complete environment. Because a grizzly ranges over […]

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Grizzly Dens Near Rattlesnake Wilderness Northeast of Missoula, Mont.


July 16, 2013  |  by kevin

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Bear Manager Jamie Jonkel reports that a female grizzly bear denned last winter near the Rattlesnake Wilderness, […]

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Northern Lights Wildlife Society Returns Injured and Orphaned Bears to the Wild


July 10, 2013  |  by kevin

The Northern Lights Wildlife Society in Smithers, British Columbia, makes homes for orphaned and injured bears, moose, and deer. Since July 2008, […]

Vital Ground works to protect and restore wild grizzly populations and their habitat in the ecosystems designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as grizzly bear recovery zones. Photo by Larry Aumiller.

Grizzly Bear Numbers Up in Montana’s Beartooth Mountains; Bear Euthanized


July 3, 2013  |  by kevin

According to a Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks bear biologist, the number of grizzly bears are on the increase in the Beartooth […]

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Adventures to Montana’s Anaconda Pintler Wilderness and Welcome Creek Wilderness


June 26, 2013  |  by kevin

If you are in Montana this summer and looking for a fun adventure, here’s a note from our friends at the Wilderness […]

Bart the Bear and trainer Doug Seus.

‘Game of Thrones’ star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on acting with ‘Bart the Bear’


June 19, 2013  |  by kevin

“To be on the set with an animal that size and that smell is quite extraordinary. And to see what the trainers […]

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The Ultimate Father’s Day Gift!


June 13, 2013  |  by kevin

Bear Watching … A Trip of a Lifetime Vital Ground invites you to join us on our annual Wild Bear Adventure to […]