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Vital Ground’s news page keeps you updated on press releases, upcoming events, campaigns and stories.

Bart the Bear Memorial Campaign

You Can Join Doug and Lynne Seus in Protecting Wildlife!

A Letter from Vital Ground’s Founders on the 19th Annual Bart the Bear Memorial Campaign Dear friends, It’s the time ...

Bismark Meadows in northern Idaho

Vital Ground Teams With The ALSAM Foundation to Protect Key Idaho Grizzly Habitat

New 455-acre Purchase Adds to Conservation Success at Bismark Meadows NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 19, 2018 Grizzly bears and ...

Photo: Linda Lantzy
Wild River, an important wildlife corridor along the Kootenai River in northwestern Montana

Vital Ground and Yellowstone to Yukon Safeguard a Key Montana Wildlife Corridor

Land Purchase Eases Bottleneck for Grizzly Movement in the Kootenai Valley NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2018 MISSOULA, Mont. ...

Photo: Y2Y/Gem Vision Productions

Become a Conservation Hero on Giving Tuesday!

As the Holiday Season Begins, Join Vital Ground and Give Back to Wildlife Been waiting for the right time to ...

Vital Ground’s Wild River Projec

Wild River: A Protected Connection

When Grizzly 839 began wandering away from the Cabinet Mountains in northwest Montana, he showed no interest in traveling north. ...

Photo: Mitch Doherty
Fall Grizzly in Yellowstone -- photo by Tom Mangelsen

Grizzly Delisting: What You Should Know

Taking Stock of Grizzly Recovery After 2018’s Delisting Debate During the fall of 2018, grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone ...

Photo: Thomas D. Mangelsen
Vital Ground is an accredited land trust

Vital Ground Applies for Renewal of Accreditation

  The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places ...

Grizzly Blend Coffee

Montana Coffee Traders and Vital Ground Celebrate a 25-year Partnership!

For Each Pound of Grizzly Blend Coffee Sold, a Percentage is Donated to Vital Ground Twenty-five years is a long ...

Thomas D. Mangelsen photo of grizzly sow and cub lying amid sagebrush on a hillside in Yellowstone National Park

In Yellowstone Attack, Bear Spray Saves Lives

Family Rented Spray, Got Training from Vital Ground Promotional Partner By Matt Hart On Thursday, August 23, a parent’s nightmare ...

Photo: Thomas Mangelsen
Brookfield AAZK Members

Grizzlies and Garlic Bread: Thank You, Brookfield AAZK!

Spaghetti Dinner Raises Funds for Grizzly Conservation There are no wild bears in Chicago—unless you’re talking about the football team—but ...

Photo: Courtesy of Brookfield AAZK
Kali Becher

Vital Ground Welcomes Land Steward Kali Becher

Vital Ground’s newest staff member, Kali Becher, is no stranger to grizzly country. Growing up in North Idaho, she came ...

Bismark Meadows wetlands

Stand Up For The Wild: Help Conserve Bismark Meadows

Be a part of Vital Ground’s first crowdfunded conservation project! And save critical grizzly habitat at Bismark Meadows in the ...

Photo: Linda Lantzy
"Nature Wars" by Jim Sterba

‘Nature Wars’ Author to Speak August 7th in Ellsworth, Maine

Author Jim Sterba will speak about the growing conflicts between wildlife and people on August 7th at 7 p.m., at ...

Grizzly cub in culvert trap

With Help From Vital Ground Board Chair, Orphan Grizzlies Find New Home

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 5, 2018 Contact: Kevin Rhoades, Communications Director The Vital Ground Foundation (406) 549-8650 MISSOULA, Mont. ...

Photo: Klara Varga
Bismark Meadows

Bismark Meadows: Help Save Crucial Spring Grizzly Habitat

New Vital Ground Project Will Protect 455 Acres of Idaho Wetlands As spring turns to summer, grizzly bears in Idaho’s ...

Photo: Linda Lantzy
Bear wedding cake

Celebrate and Conserve

Make Your Next Special Occasion a Rally for Wildlife! Hi, friends—Matt here, the young guy on the Vital Ground team. ...

Trail camera photo of sow grizzly and two cubs at a hair corral study site in the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem

Translocation Troubles: New Study Shows Risks of Moving Grizzlies

By Matt Hart Moving grizzly bears is no easy task. It’s far better to let them move themselves. That’s the ...

Photo: Wayne Kasworm/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Overhead photo of Wild River property along the Kootenai River

Help Protect and Connect the Right Places for Wildlife

  We don’t need to save thousands and thousands of acres — just those acres in exactly the right place ...

Young Grizzly Crossing Trail

More Than a Problem Bear

How a Young Grizzly’s Relocation Could Help a Whole Ecosystem By Matt Hart There’s a new griz in the Cabinet-Yaak ...

Photo: Jim Cole
Photo of grizzly bear and aspens in fall color

Keeping Bears Out of Trouble

Expanded Vital Ground Partners Program to Fund 12 Conflict-Prevention Projects in 2018 NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Updated May 4, 2018 ...

Yaak Mountains

Roadless and Wild

 How You Helped Save Vital Acres in the Rugged Cabinet Mountains By Matt Hart Forty-three acres: it may not seem ...

Photo: Photo by Lance Schelvan
Photo of ranchland and houses beneath mountain range

Montana’s Housing Boom: What Does it Mean For Wildlife?

With a new report detailing residential sprawl, conserving private lands is more vital than ever.  By Matt Hart When you ...

Grizzly bear in sagebrush

Vital Ground, The ALSAM Foundation Team Up to Address Human Conflicts with Grizzly Bears

Five-Year, $250,000 Partnership Will Expand Vital Ground Grant Program Communities throughout the northern Rocky Mountains will find new help in ...

Photo of valley fog and jagged ridges in the North Cascades

Grizzlies Inch Closer to a Comeback in North Cascades

Steep, remote mountainsides. Deep winter snowpack. Lush meadows full of spring and summer wildflowers. The North Cascades of Washington state ...

Vital Ground's new website

New Vital Ground Website Stresses Connecting Landscapes, Protecting Wildlife

Viewer-friendly overhaul includes new videos, featured projects and partnerships MISSOULA, Mont. – Grizzly bears everywhere have a new and beautiful ...

Brookfield American Association of Zoo Keepers

Brookfield AAZK Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Fundraiser for The Vital Ground Foundation on April 12, 2018 Brookfield, Ill., is the home of the Brookfield American Association ...

Larry Aumiller headshot

In Wild Trust: An Evening with Larry Aumiller

On Wednesday, March 7, Larry Aumiller will share stories and photographs from his 30 years managing Alaska’s McNeil River Game ...

Kevin Rhoades photo of the Mission Mountains from Ninepipes Reservoir

New Conservation Partners Extend Vital Ground’s Conflict Prevention Goals

Grizzly bears are on the move. In the last year, we’ve seen more and more evidence of grizzly travel beyond ...

Photo: Kevin Rhoades
Vital Ground Connected Landscapes logo in brown and white

Vital Ground Unveils “Connecting Landscapes” Logo

News for Immediate Release January 26, 2018 MISSOULA, Mont. – As part of a larger rebranding process that will draw ...

Photo of Bart the Bear II waving from the set of his new Kodiak Cakes advertisement

Vital Ground, Kodiak Cakes Team Up for Grizzly Conservation

News for Immediate Release January 19, 2018 MISSOULA, Mont. – Your Saturday morning pancakes can now support grizzly bear conservation, ...

Photo: courtesy of Kodiak Cakes
Photo of autumn snow dusting forested ridges in the Lolo National Forest's Cube Iron-Mt. Silcox Roadless Area

Vital Ground Donates Roadless Inholding to Lolo National Forest

News for Immediate Release MISSOULA, Mont. – To consolidate ownership and streamline management of a valuable roadless area for grizzly ...

Photo: Gael Bissell
Cameron Nace and the Vital Ground crew.

Inspiration from Cameron: ‘Grizzly Bears Need Vital Ground’

After many days in the office, it can be easy to forget why we do what we do here at ...

Photo: Michael Jindrich
Photo of Luke Lamar from Swan Valley Bear Resources setting up an electric fence for domestic goats in the Swan Valley

Swan Valley Bear Resources: Stopping Conflicts Before They Happen

The Swan Valley is where it all began for Vital Ground. Our very first conservation easement happened in this portion ...

Photo: Luke Lamar/Swan Valley Bear Resources
Close-up photo of weevil on tree bark

Vital Ground Fights Noxious Weeds with Bugs

By Mitch Doherty The Alvord Lake Community Forest is a long way from the warm, exotic climate found in the ...

Photo: iStock

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