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

Young grizzly crossing road

Be Bear Aware

Traveling bear safety and coexistence education workshops across grizzly country.
Cattle with mountain background

Big Hole Watershed Committee

Range riding and landowner outreach in the Big Hole Valley, where grizzlies are reclaiming historic range.
Photo: courtesy of BNSGA

Blackfeet Nation Stock Growers Association

Electric fencing for 4-H livestock in grizzly country east of Glacier National Park.
Swan Range
Photo: Brendon Moynihan

Clearwater Resource Council

In the scenic Swan Valley, new bear-proof sanitation for the Seeley Lake community.
Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge
Photo: Kevin Rhoades

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Teaming up with tribal wildlife officials on electric fencing to curb conflicts in Montana's Mission Valley.
Grizzly sow and cub in Glacier National Park

Conservation Science Collaborative

Range rider, guardian dogs and research on the Rocky Mountain Front and Blackfeet Nation.
Apple picking
Photo: courtesy of Great Bear Foundation

Great Bear Foundation

Removing bear attractants through fruit pickups in the Missoula, Ninemile and Bitterroot valleys.
Electric fencing in Madison Valley
Photo: courtesy of Madison Valley Ranchlands Group

Madison Valley Ranchlands Group

On the edge of Greater Yellowstone, preventing conflicts with livestock through attractant removal and composting.
Grizzly bear in sagebrush

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Removing bear attractants along the Little Blackfoot Valley and Rocky Mountain Front.
Black bear and cherry orchard fence
Photo: courtesy of People and Carnivores

People and Carnivores

Electric fencing for homeowners and agricultural producers in Montana’s Flathead Valley.

Electric fencing
Photo: Luke Lamar

Trans-border Grizzly Bear Project

Electric fencing for landowners in the Kootenai Valley of northern Idaho and southern B.C.
Photo of ranchland and houses beneath mountain range

Watershed Restoration Coalition

A new composting facility for agricultural producers in Montana's Upper Clark Fork Valley.
Range Rider in Montana valley
Photo: Louise Johns

Western Landowners Alliance

Helping landowners prevent conflicts beyond Yellowstone and the Rocky Mountain Front.
Wildlife service dog and biologist
Photo: courtesy of WRBI

Wind River Bear Institute

Bear incident response and landowner outreach, with help from canine conservationists.

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.

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.