By supporting our habitat projects, Vital Ground contributors help connect and protect grizzlies and other wide-ranging wildlife from Greater Yellowstone to Alaska’s Bristol Bay.

Current Projects

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

Wild River

In the heart of the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem, we’re stopping a subdivision in a key wildlife corridor.
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.

Other Habitat Projects

in Grizzly Recovery Ecosystems

Vital Ground works to protect and restore habitat for wild grizzly populations in ecosystems where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated grizzly bear recovery zones and where state wildlife management agencies have placed an emphasis on conserving the species.

Featured Projects

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.

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.

Image of Weber Gulch. Light snow on trees.

Weber Gulch

Teaming up with the Forest Service to keep a roadless area roadless high in the southern Cabinet Mountains.

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.