Yellowstone Ecosystem

Our partnerships across Greater Yellowstone have retired over 435,000 acres of grazing leases and helped communities prevent conflicts between grizzlies and people.

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Wildlife flock to the Lamar River in Yellowstone National Park. (Photo by Thomas D. Mangelsen)

Yellowstone National Park is the heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, but this vast and wild region spans more than 20 million acres, from Grand Teton National Park to other federal, state and private lands in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. The Yellowstone grizzly population has expanded its numbers and range since the 1970s, and now totals at least 700 bears, according to the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee. As human development continues within the region, Vital Ground remains committed to ensuring that Yellowstone’s grizzly population always has room to roam. While we do not currently pursue conservation easements or land purchases in the area, our partner projects have retired numerous conflict-prone grazing leases and helped prepare communities for the presence of a wider-ranging grizzly population. Learn more on our Conservation Partners page.

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.