Interactive Map: Click the light green areas to identify recovery zones. Click the red bubbles to identify projects.

Although Alaska remains the stronghold of the brown bear in North America, harboring 95 percent of the U.S. population from the tundra to the rich coastal salmon streams, the state’s development presses in on wild bear habitats, bringing humans and bears into conflict. According to the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, Alaska has 30,000 or more brown bears.

Vital Ground has worked with The Conservation Fund, The Kodiak Brown Bear Trust and other conservation partners to help purchase and protect 5,251 acres in southwestern Alaska. Vital Ground’s grants helped acquire private inholdings and timber rights within protected areas important to brown bears. These projects included acquisitions in Sturgeon Lagoon and Uyak Bay in Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Perenosa Bay on Afognak Island, Wood-Tikchik State Park, Goodnews Lake in Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alagnak Wild River in Katmai National Park, and Priest Creek in Lake Clark National Park.