Make a Memorial Gift

At Vital Ground, memorial gifts are made in remembrance of a loved one who has passed away. You can memorialize a family member or a friend through an honorary gift, gift fund or memorial.

This month Vital Ground co-founders Doug and Lynne Seus and the entire Seus family lost a tremendous friend, Bart the Bear II, who on November 15 passed away after 21 years of serving as Vital Ground’s ambassador for wildlife habitat conservation.


Bart the Bear II
Bart the Bear II: 2000-2021

Bart the Bear II lived a supremely outsized life filled with the love and care of his trainers and lifelong companions, Vital Ground co-founders Doug and Lynne Seus. Bart leaves behind a line of film credits to which any actor would aspire, from Into the Wild to Game of Thrones to his recent role in a highly popular ad by our partners at Kodiak Cakes.

More importantly, he leaves an enormous legacy of grizzly bear conservation. During his two decades as a Vital Ground ambassador, Bart’s charisma helped conserve and enhance hundreds of thousands of acres of habitat for his fellow grizzlies and all the species that share their range, from elk and moose to bull trout, butterflies and plants.

Click here to donate online in memory of Bart the Bear II.

If you would like to make a special private donation in honor or memory of someone else or some special occasion, or if you have questions about tribute gifts, please phone 406-549-8650 or email or click here to make a gift to honor your own conservation hero.