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
Range riding and landowner outreach in the Big Hole Valley, where grizzlies are reclaiming historic range.
Bear-aware sanitation, public education and landowner outreach in an emerging grizzly crossroads.
One of the West's longest-running collaboratives helping people and wildlife share the landscape.
Range rider, guardian dogs and research on the Rocky Mountain Front and Blackfeet Nation.
Photo: Patti Sowka
A student-led initiative to increase bear awareness in the Bitterroot Valley.
Photo: Tom Mangelsen
Ramping up coexistence efforts south of Yellowstone on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Photo: Kali Becher
Bear-proof trash cans and landowner outreach in northern Idaho's Kootenai corridor.
Removing bear attractants along the Little Blackfoot Valley and Rocky Mountain Front.
Equipping coexistence specialists in Montana's fast-growing Flathead Region.
Removing a major bear attractant in the Madison Valley, a key linkage area outside Yellowstone.
Expanding Wyoming's coexistence efforts as grizzlies expand their range in the state.
Keeping bears away from the garbage, gardens and livestock of Montana's scenic Swan Valley.
Photo: Luke Lamar
Electric fencing for landowners in the Kootenai Valley of northern Idaho and southern B.C.
Photo: Louise Johns
Range rider helping Yellowstone- area bears stay out of trouble in the Gravelly Mountains.
Photo: Lance Schelvan
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
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
Conserving critical salmon and brown bear habitat in Alaska's threatened Bristol Bay Watershed.
Helping connect habitat in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia, with big benefits south of the border too.
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.