Help the Bart the Bear Memorial Campaign Reach a $60,000 Match!
The winter solstice has passed, grizzly bears are snug in their dens, and the end of 2020 is nearly here. While we all may not all be able to enjoy traditional holiday gatherings this year, one thing is still going strong: the Bart the Bear Memorial Campaign!
Our year-end push to honor Vital Ground co-founder Bart the Bear and protect key habitat for grizzlies and other wildlife features a generous $60,000 matching challenge! Whether it’s your own year-end contribution, a new monthly membership, or a thoughtful holiday gift to honor a loved one, it’s not too late to support wildlife and help us meet the match by giving online, calling (406) 549-8650 or mailing in a contribution before January 1st.
As this year’s Bart Campaign began, co-founders Doug and Lynne Seus, took some time to reflect on the importance of giving back:
We’re nearing the end of 2020, a year that will leave its tracks on our lives for decades to come. It’s been a year that has gone out of its way to remind us that there are no promises, yet grace and gratitude still abound for the joy of being able to give back.
Vital Ground didn’t just celebrate the past 30 years in 2020. We also took great strides forward on the next chapter of our journey. Our One Landscape Initiative is a blueprint to protect nearly 200,000 acres in exactly the right places, the crucial wildlife corridors that knit together a connected landscape for all of the Northern Rockies’ wild creatures, from the largest bears to the elusive wolverine to the smallest birds and butterflies.
In this time of great change, these animals deserve the chance to adapt. They need a resilient landscape where they can move safely across protected linkage areas and avoiding bumping into humans. You helped us give grizzlies and other wildlife that chance in 2020, but as the Mountain West experiences a rising wave of people arriving from places less wild, we need your continued support.
In the spirit of giving back during trying times, several Vital Ground trustees have come together to offer a remarkable $60,000 matching challenge for this year’s Bart the Bear Memorial Campaign. Please consider giving whatever you can today knowing that it will be doubled on behalf of wildlife!
With deepest gratitude,
Doug and Lynne Seus
Vital Ground co-founders