Vital Ground is proud to recognize our 2020 Business Partners for Conservation. The following businesses and individuals annually donate a portion of their profits or offer services or expertise to Vital Ground. They truly recognize that sound environmental stewardship and good business are a powerful alliance.
If you would like to learn more about our Business Partners program, contact Vital Ground at 406-549-8650.
Featured Business Partners
1% for the Planet pairs businesses and individuals with approved environmental nonprofits, creating high-impact partnerships that amplify the impact of our members’ giving.
Bear Aware LLC
Bear Aware LLC rents bear spray to visitors of Yellowstone National Park on a daily or weekly basis at affordable prices. Bear Aware is committed to better equipping and educating park visitors so they can safely enjoy the majesty of Yellowstone National Park.
First Interstate Bank
First Interstate Bank is a multi-state, $7.3 billion banking organization headquartered in Billings, Montana. First Interstate has evolved since 1968 from a single bank in Sheridan, Wyo., to operating 72 branches and over 100 ATMs in Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. The bank supports Vital Ground in various ways.
Mountain View, CA
Google Ad Grants is the nonprofit edition of AdWords, Google’s online advertising tool. Google Ad Grants empowers nonprofit organizations, through $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords™ advertising, to promote their missions and initiatives on Google.com.
GreenRock Batteries was developed 8 years ago to create a battery without any toxic materials, without any rare-earth minerals, non-flammable, non-explosive and not-mining intensive. GreenRock Batteries are saltwater batteries — the safest and most environmentally friendly energy storage solution for your home or business.. Learn more.
The Grizzly Adams Company manages the iconic Grizzly Adams® IP in film, television, books and marketing products. Celebrated as “California’s greatest mountain man,” Adams’ indomitable spirit helped settle the glorious landscape of the American West, making the wilderness his home and his beloved grizzly bears his companions. His namesake brand honors his legacy and his adventurous way of life that so many around the world recognize. The Grizzly Adams Company believes that “along with a great character comes great responsibility,” which is why it has chosen to serve as a business partner with The Vital Ground Foundation. The newly released children’s book “Grizzly Adams and the Bridge to the Meadow ” can be purchased at Bear Mart.
Grizzly Broadband offers a one-stop-shop for all of your technology needs in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley and beyond. They offer computer repair, sales, technology fixes, point-to-point wireless, wireless Internet, or high-speed fiber-optic Internet to over 5,000 households and businesses in western Montana. More info.
Jamie Scarrow Photography
Courtenay, British Columbia
As a professional photographer and lifelong resident of Vancouver Island British Columbia, Canada, Jamie Scarrow combines his love of bears and nature with technical skill and rare photography opportunities to produce outstanding, compassionate and respectful images. Jamie’s work has been published in National Geographic, Nature Conservancy and other notable magazines. Many of Jamie’s photos grace the Vital Ground website and publications.
Joseph S. Venus Art
Artist Joseph S. Venus’ passion for Vital Ground runs deep. In addition to donating the reproduction rights of eight paintings including “No Trespassing” (pictured here on the cover of Joe’s 2013 newsletter), he has also donated numerous framed giclees plus 200 coloring books and note cards. Mr. Venus’ prints, note cards, and coloring books can be found on Bear Mart.
Knight Inlet Lodge
British Columbia, Canada
Knight Inlet Lodge is Canada’s premier bear and wildlife viewing lodge, tucked deep in the towering Coast Mountains of British Columbia. It was voted “5th most exotic destination in the world” by American Travel Journalist/A&E Channel. Mention that you learned about this once in a lifetime grizzly and wildlife viewing ecotour through Vital Ground, and we will receive a donation from Knight Inlet!
Park City, Utah
Baker Mills is a small family owned business based in Park City, Utah. The company produces the Kodiak Cakes brand of whole grain instant breakfast and dessert mixes as well as gourmet berry syrups and microwave muffins. Kodiak Cakes mixes can be found in Target stores and other grocery outlets nationwide as well as direct to the public in our online store.
Baton Rouge, LA
Lamar Advertising is the nation’s leading out-of-home advertising company – specializing in out-of-home advertising and providing customer solutions in the form of Billboards, Digital, Transit and Highway Logo signs. Founded in 1902, Lamar has a broad corporate reach with over 200 locations across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Lamar helps Vital Ground spread its message throughout Montana and Wyoming.
Lance Schelvan Photography
Lance Schelvan piled his cameras into a small truck, and headed west over 30 years ago—ready to learn mountains, and win the west. Over time he has become especially fascinated with minor compositions of light and forest and stream that grace the lands not always named. Lance provides many of the spectacular photos used in Vital Ground’s publications and website. Be sure to check out his online gallery or call 406-240-2452.
Montana Coffee Traders
Since 1993, Montana Coffee Traders has teamed up with Vital Ground to help the Missoula-based nonprofit operate as a land trust, one that uses the best objective scientific available concerning grizzly bear biology, habitat requirements and conservation strategies. The Whitefish, Montana-based Montana Coffee Traders donates $1 from the sale of each pound of Grizzly Blend directly for the purpose of safeguarding crucial ecosystems. More information: 800-345-5282, www.coffeetraders.com.
Monte Dolack Gallery
A native of Great Falls, Montana, Monte Dolack grew up surrounded by the same sweeping vistas and big sky that inspired Charlie Russell. His love of Montana and passion for the West’s diverse landscapes and wildlife are evident in the images he creates and the commissions he undertakes. Monte has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards in the course of his career, and his work is part of the collection of the Library of Congress, the American Association of Museums, the National Wildfire Foundation and numerous other museums and corporations. Monte has graciously allowed Vital Ground to feature one of his most iconic images, The Great Bear, on their specialty Montana auto license plates. A collectors edition of the plate can be purchased on the Vital Ground website here.
Robert Scriba, Photographer
Campbell River, British Columbia
Knight Inlet guide Robert Scriba recently published Seasons of the Grizzly in Knight Inlet, a collection of his stunning and intimate bear photography and his reflections on the struggle for life of the bears, salmon and other wild creatures of the British Columbia rainforest. Bob is generously donating $1 to Vital Ground for each copy of his book sold to go toward habitat conservation. Order his book online here.
Ten Spoon Vineyard+Winery
Ten Spoon Vineyard + Winery produces fine organic wines with no added sulfites in Missoula, Montana’s Rattlesnake Valley. For each bottle of Prairie Thunder sold, Vital Ground receives $1. Prairie Thunder is a special blend of Petite Sirah and Zinfandel grapes, and offers the silky, rich flavors of dark cherry, coffee and chocolate on a berry field, with a hint of strawberry splashing throughout. To learn if Ten Spoon wines are available in your area, call 406-549-8703 or email.
Travel Guide Magazine
Vacation Country Travel Guide Magazine has been published for 43 years and is for everyone seeking information on Northwest U.S., Western Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, the Northwest Territories the Yukon and Alaska. There 352-page Main guide is available digitally online at www.travelguidebook.com. Regional Editions — are available free throughout our coverage areas. Enjoy hundreds of videos, award- winning images, feature stories, the ultimate bear information guide ‘Breath of the Bear’™, editorials covering towns, amenities and events from Montana to the Arctic Circle on their Facebook Page www.facebook.com/TheTravelGuideBook and on the website.
Wasatch Rocky Mountain Wildlife
Heber City, Utah
Wasatch Rocky Mountain Wildlife owners Doug and Lynne Seus are the founders of Vital Ground. The Seuses are well known as the film industry’s foremost animal trainers and coaches. They continue to donate a portion of their profits to Vital Ground.
Wipfli offers the services and expertise your business needs to stay on track. From business accounting to payroll, bookkeeping, and an array of additional services, they have you covered for anything your business might require. The company supports Vital Ground through discounted services.
Young Living Essential Oils
Young Living, Vital Ground’s newest business partner in conservation, produces pure essential oils through a proprietary, multistep quality control process called Seed to Seal®. Young Living cultivates lavender, peppermint, melissa, clary sage, and many other botanicals on farms in Utah, Idaho, France, Ecuador, and throughout the world. Offering the exclusive Animal Scents™ line of products, the company works to foster a global community of connection and discovery for both humans and animals, while inspiring wellness, purpose, and abundance. Vital Ground benefits from all sales of Young Living’s animal care products.
Heber City, Utah
Zöoprax Productions specializes in professional location documentary videography and still photography. Much of the photography on Vital Ground’s website is provided by Derek Reich, owner and operator of Zöoprax Productions. Derek also provided all of the wildlife and habitat video footage for Vital Ground’s 2008 mini-documentary “Strength of Connections.”
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