Year: 2007
Acres: 178,000
Ecosystem: Greater Yellowstone (GYE)
Location: Bridger-Teton National Forest
Project Type: Grazing allotment retirement

Summary: In May 2007, Vital Ground provided a grant to the National Wildlife Federation to broker the retirement of two grazing allotments totaling 178,000 acres of prime wildlife habitat south of Yellowstone National Park. This portion of the upper Gros Ventre River drainage contains some of the finest habitat for grizzly bears, wolves, elk and moose anywhere in Wyoming. Its proximity to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks and the Teton Wilderness makes it an integral piece of this core conservation complex. These public lands are a stronghold for grizzlies. Researchers have identified more than 50 grizzlies using these allotments since 1978.