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

This diverse and rugged Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) sits astride the”Crown of the Continent” of northwestern Montana and encompasses roughly 9,600 square miles, including Glacier National Park,the Swan Valley, the Rocky Mountain Front, surrounding national forests, the Bob Marshall wilderness complex and other wilderness areas, and intermingled private lands. The ecosystem supports approximately 900 grizzlies, according to 2013 information provided by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. The population appears to be expanding out of the wilderness heart of the NCDE into historic range, and bears seeking new territories are increasingly using habitats on private lands.Highways, a major railroad, and rapid development in these once-wild landscapes are fragmenting the ecosystem and pose considerable hazards to grizzlies. Since 1990, Vital Ground has helped protect more than 30,000 acres of grizzly habitat throughout the NCDE.