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.
Range riding and landowner outreach in the Big Hole Valley, where grizzlies are reclaiming historic range.
Photo: courtesy of BNSGA
Electric fencing for 4-H livestock in grizzly country east of Glacier National Park.
Photo: Brendon Moynihan
In the scenic Swan Valley, new bear-proof sanitation for the Seeley Lake community.
Photo: Kevin Rhoades
Teaming up with tribal wildlife officials on electric fencing to curb conflicts in Montana's Mission Valley.
Range rider, guardian dogs and research on the Rocky Mountain Front and Blackfeet Nation.
Photo: courtesy of Great Bear Foundation
Removing bear attractants through fruit pickups in the Missoula, Ninemile and Bitterroot valleys.
Photo: courtesy of Madison Valley Ranchlands Group
On the edge of Greater Yellowstone, preventing conflicts with livestock through attractant removal and composting.
Removing bear attractants along the Little Blackfoot Valley and Rocky Mountain Front.
Photo: courtesy of People and Carnivores
Electric fencing for homeowners and agricultural producers in Montana’s Flathead Valley.
Photo: Luke Lamar
Electric fencing for landowners in the Kootenai Valley of northern Idaho and southern B.C.
A new composting facility for agricultural producers in Montana's Upper Clark Fork Valley.
Photo: Louise Johns
Helping landowners prevent conflicts beyond Yellowstone and the Rocky Mountain Front.
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.
Retiring conflict-prone grazing leases in Greater Yellowstone—for bears, wolves, livestock and ranchers alike.
Canada's largest private-land conservation project, conserving 212 square miles of former timberlands.