Photo: People and Carnivores
In addition to protecting habitat, Vital Ground supports programs that prevent conflicts between bears and people. We partner on coexistence efforts in key movement areas where grizzlies and other wildlife need to safely share the landscape with people.
Featured Conflict Prevention Projects
Traveling bear safety and coexistence education workshops across grizzly country.
One of the West's longest-running collaboratives helping people and wildlife share the landscape.
Photo: Lance Schelvan
Using innovative technology to reduce grizzly-livestock conflicts in southwest Montana.
Photo: courtesy of Great Bear Foundation
Removing bear attractants through fruit pickups in the Missoula, Ninemile and Bitterroot valleys.
Photo: Hilary Zaranek
Helping bears and livestock coexist on working lands.
Photo: Patti Sowka
Installing electric fencing around a western Montana school district’s dumpsters.
Photo: Missoula Parks & Recreation
New partnership increases bear-friendly waste storage and education at popular recreation areas.
Removing bear attractants along the Little Blackfoot Valley and Rocky Mountain Front.
Photo: M&R Glasgow on Flickr
Retiring conflict-prone grazing leases in Greater Yellowstone—for bears, wolves, livestock and ranchers alike.
Photo: courtesy of People and Carnivores
Preventing conflicts across western Montana, from the fast growing Flathead to key corridors outside Yellowstone.
A wide-sweeping range rider program keeps wildlife safe while preserving family ranches on the Rocky Mountain Front.
Expanding Wyoming's coexistence efforts as grizzlies expand their range in the state.
Photo: Sleeman Creek Homeowners
Community effort secures neighborhood waste facility near Lolo.
Photo: Bureau of Land Management
Equipping community volunteers with bear spray training.
Providing resources and promoting coexisting to prevent bear conflicts on the Swan Valley’s private and public lands.
Celebrating nature’s bounty while promoting respect for the wildlife with which we share it.
Photo: courtesy of WRBI
Bear incident response and landowner outreach, with help from canine conservationists.
Other Conservation Partner Projects
in Grizzly Recovery Ecosystems
Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem
North Cascades Ecosystem
Our work in Alaska
Our work in Mongolia
Vital Ground protects and restores habitat for grizzly bears and other wildlife, connecting the wild strongholds of the Northern Rockies. We group our projects based on the grizzly’s six federally-designated recovery zones, working to link these core areas into one resilient landscape.
Featured Habitat Partner Projects
Photo: Flathead Land Trust
A crucial public-private collaboration to conserve a key habitat corridor threatened by development.
Helping connect habitat in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia, with big benefits south of the border too.
Conserving critical salmon and brown bear habitat in Alaska's threatened Bristol Bay Watershed.
Canada's largest private-land conservation project, conserving 212 square miles of former timberlands.