Vital Ground’s conservation projects protect key habitat areas that connect the wild strongholds of the Northern Rockies, from Greater Yellowstone into Canada.

Current Projects

Canola field on the Hubbard Farm
Photo: Kevin Rhoades

Kootenai Valley Linkage

Protecting working lands and a key wildlife corridor between mountain ranges in northern Idaho.

Securing the Wild River will protect linkages and connect two isolated sub-populations of grizzly bears.

Wild River

Along the Kootenai River in northwestern Montana, we’re stopping subdivision in a key wildlife corridor.

Other Habitat 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 Projects

Yaak River in Broadie Habitat Preserve
Photo: Mitch Doherty

Broadie Habitat Preserve

Protecting a key habitat link across the Yaak Valley in Montana’s northwestern corner.

A winding creek beneath the East Front of the Rockies
Photo: Conservation Media

Glen Willow

Grizzlies are ranging east from the Rocky Mountain Front. Private-land conservation must follow them.

North Idaho's Bismark Meadows in Selkirk Mountains
Photo: Josh Smith

Bismark Meadows

Conserving lush wetlands for the grizzlies and other wildlife of Idaho’s remote Selkirk Mountains.

I-90 Bridge and Clark Fork River at Ninemile project site Montana
Photo: Herrera

Ninemile Crossing

West of Missoula, safeguarding a crucial habitat connection under Interstate 90 and into the Bitterroots.

Polebridge Palace

In a grizzly hotspot, continuing the conservation tradition along Montana’s North Fork of the Flathead River.

Alvord Lake was conserved for a local community and for its wildlife values.

Alvord Lake Community Forest

A landmark collaborative effort to protect shoreline habitat and public access in far northwest Montana.

The Elk Flats Neighbors Project protects extensive riparian features.

Elk Flats Neighbors Project

In the scenic Swan Valley, our gold standard for community conservation, born from our first easement.