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

Photo: Jim Peaco for Yellowstone National Park

Bear Aware Gardiner

Providing electric fences to secure attractants outside Yellowstone.

Bear Smart Alberton

Expanding bear-aware community practices along a key connectivity area for grizzlies.
Photo: Courtesy of the Centennial Valley Association

Centennial Valley Association

Reducing conflicts with carnivores at the local level.
Brendan Moynahan photo of wetlands along the Clearwater River
Photo: Brendan Moynahan

Clearwater Valley Bear Smart

Engaging the Clearwater Valley community to address the root causes of conflict.
Photo: Lance Schelvan

Future West

Using innovative technology to reduce grizzly-livestock conflicts in southwest Montana.
Bismark Meadows wetlands
Photo: Linda Lantzy

Idaho Governor’s Office of Species Conservation

Removing livestock carcasses to prevent conflicts with grizzlies in northern Idaho.
Photo: Hilary Zaranek

J Bar L Ranch

Helping bears and livestock coexist on working lands.
Grizzly bear in sagebrush

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Removing bear attractants along the Little Blackfoot Valley and Rocky Mountain Front.
Photo: Suzanne Hildner

North Fork Preservation Association

Providing bear-aware education and resources to both long-term residents and visitors on the western edge of Glacier National Park.
Photo: Courtesy of Kootenai Fruit Gleaning Program

Pink Bench Distilling

Developing a fruit-gleaning program in the Cabinet-Yaak.
Grizzly family in sage

Shoshone National Forest

Expanding Wyoming's coexistence efforts as grizzlies expand their range in the state.
Photo of Luke Lamar from Swan Valley Bear Resources setting up an electric fence for domestic goats in the Swan Valley
Photo: SVBR

Swan Valley Bear Resources

Providing resources and promoting coexisting to prevent bear conflicts on the Swan Valley’s private and public lands.
Teton Range
Photo: Thomas D. Mangelsen

Teton Valley Bear Wise

Replacing fears with facts to keep the Teton Valley safe for bears and people.

Troy Farmers’ Market Apple Festival

Celebrating nature’s bounty while promoting respect for the wildlife with which we share it.
Lance Schelvan photo of Yaak wildflowers at sunset
Photo: Lance Schelvan

Yaak Valley Forest Council

Spreading bear awareness in the Yaak Valley, home to one of the Lower 48's smallest grizzly populations.

Other Conservation Partner Projects

in Grizzly Recovery Ecosystems

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

Flathead Land Trust

A crucial public-private collaboration to conserve a key habitat corridor threatened by development.
Photo of bull moose standing in mountain lake

Luxor Linkage — The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Helping connect habitat in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia, with big benefits south of the border too.
Bristol Bay

Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust

Conserving critical salmon and brown bear habitat in Alaska's threatened Bristol Bay Watershed.

Darkwoods Project — The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Canada's largest private-land conservation project, conserving 212 square miles of former timberlands.