Vital Ground supports programs that prevent conflicts between bears and people. We also chip in on habitat protection projects by like-minded conservation groups.

Featured Conflict Prevention Projects

Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge
Photo: Kevin Rhoades

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Through a new electric fencing program, we're teaming up with tribal officers to curb conflicts in the Mission Valley.

Big Hole Watershed Committee

Bringing a seasoned range rider to help the Big Hole Valley, where grizzlies are reclaiming historic range.
Grizzly bears by Jim Cole
Photo: Jim Cole

People and Carnivores

Equipping vacationers in the Madison Valley to avoid run-ins with Yellowstone’s expanding grizzly population.

Blackfoot Challenge

Supporting the West's longest-running Range Rider program, for the benefit of wildlife and people alike.
Demonstrating bear spray

Southwest Montana Bear Education

Preventing conflicts through education and technology as grizzlies expand west from Greater Yellowstone.
Grizzly testing bear-proof garbage can
Photo: Pati Sowka

Swan Valley Bear Resources

Keeping bears away from the garbage, gardens and livestock of Montana's scenic Swan Valley.

North Cascades Grizzly Education

Helping equip Washingtonians with the truth about grizzlies and their potential return to the North Cascades.

City of Troy, Montana

Keeping bears in the woods and out of the garbage in the heart of the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem.

Other Conservation Partner Projects

in Grizzly Recovery Ecosystems

Vital Ground works to protect and restore habitat for wild grizzly populations in ecosystems where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated grizzly bear recovery zones and where state wildlife management agencies have placed an emphasis on conserving the species.

Featured Habitat Partner Projects

Bristol Bay

Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust

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

National Wildlife Federation

Retiring conflict-prone grazing leases in Greater Yellowstone—for bears, wolves, livestock and ranchers alike.

Darkwoods Project — The Nature Conservancy of Canada

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