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 […]

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Chris Morgan: ‘Protect bears and everything else is healthy’


December 29, 2015  |  by kevin

Conservationist-scientist Chris Morgan asked Vital Ground to share Wildlife Media and TriFilm’s new film titled, “Why Bears?” For teachers, scientists, non-profits, and […]

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Get Vital News Online


December 27, 2015  |  by kevin

The fall issue of Vital News is now available for downloading from the Vital Ground website! The 16-page newsletter includes our newest conservation […]

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Challenge Grant Opportunity!


December 21, 2015  |  by kevin

The strength of Vital Ground lies in the growth and commitment of new members. New members help build our future. Please consider joining […]

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North Fork Resident Reflects on Living in Grizzly Country


December 14, 2015  |  by kevin

North Fork resident Diane Boyd shares her reflections about living in grizzly country. Accompanying her reflection are two photos of a male […]

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Please Donate to Vital Ground on Giving Tuesday


November 30, 2015  |  by kevin

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday!   THANK YOU for being part of The Vital Ground Foundation family! Vital Ground is participating […]

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Time is running out … and we need your help!


November 17, 2015  |  by kevin

The strength of Vital Ground lies in the growth and commitment of new members. New members help build our future. Please consider […]

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25th Anniversary Campaign


November 4, 2015  |  by kevin

November 8, 2015, marked 25 years since Doug and Lynne Seus founded The Vital Ground Foundation. To commemorate two-and-a-half decades of successful […]

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Conservation Partners Grants


October 30, 2015  |  by kevin

Although Vital Ground’s primary emphasis is to work with private landowners to conserve wildlife habitat for grizzly bears and other wildlife species, […]

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In the Land of the Pizzly


October 28, 2015  |  by kevin

As Arctic Melts, Polar and Grizzly Bears Mate By Laura Höflinger The melting Arctic ice has brought polar bears and grizzly bears […]

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25 Years of Accomplishments!


October 26, 2015  |  by kevin

The Vital Ground Foundation 25 Years of Accomplishments! November 8, 2015, marked 25 years since Doug and Lynne Seus founded The Vital […]

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Grizzly Bears as Barometer for Wild Communities


October 19, 2015  |  by kevin

Conservation has not come easy to grizzly bears over the course of our Western history, and it has impacted more than just […]

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Reintroducing Grizzlies to the Bitterroot Ecosystem


October 15, 2015  |  by kevin

Spanning across the Idaho/Montana border lies the Bitterroot Ecosystem. This grizzly bear recovery area contains close to 1.5 million acres, making it […]