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

Brown bear with salmon

Grizzly Ecology Pt. 3: Bears, Fish, and Trees

By Tatum McConnell, Communications Intern Grizzly bears live within incredible systems of interaction. For our last post of the grizzly ...

North Idaho's Bismark Meadows in Selkirk Mountains

Patagonia Matching December Donations to Vital Ground!

You Can Protect Wildlife Habitat Today with Double the Impact! What are you thankful for this time of year? How ...

Root weevils at Vital Ground's Wild River Project

Bugs Fight Invasive Knapweed at Wild River

By Kali Becher, Land Steward Once Vital Ground purchases a piece of habitat or closes on a conservation easement with ...

Photo: Kali Becher
Coastal brown bear sow and cub

Searching for Salmon

Low Canadian Salmon Runs Cause Concern for Grizzly Population By Tatum McConnell, Communications Intern This story also appears as the ...

Photo: Robert Scriba
Glen Willow Ranch on Montana's Rocky Mountain Front

Vital Ground Renews National Land Trust Accreditation

Certification Recognizes Durable, Accountable Land Stewardship MISSOULA, Mont. — Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 1990, ...

Photo: Mitch Doherty
Grizzly Story Map Screen Shot

Vital Ground, Forest Service Team Up on Threatened and Endangered Species Story Map

CLICK HERE TO GO STRAIGHT TO THE STORY MAP What stories light your conservation fire? Is it the tale of ...

Grizzly bear on foggy beach

2018 ANNUAL REPORT

Connecting One Landscape for Wildlife and People It’s a time of rapid change in the Mountain West. Increasing development and ...

Glacier Lily

Grizzly Ecology Pt. 2: Bears and Dirt

How Grizzly Bear Digging Shapes Mountain Meadows By Tatum McConnell, Vital Ground Communications Intern We climbed up Napa Point, approaching ...

Photo: courtesy of Glacier National Park
Grizzly Bear foraging in deadfall forest in Yellowstone National Park

Grizzly Ecology Pt. 1: Bears and Bugs

The Macro and the Micro: How Grizzly Bears and Insects Interact By Tatum McConnell, Vital Ground Communications Intern We often ...

Photo: Paul Lueders
Grizzly bear mother and cub in Glacier National Park

From Chicago to Montana, An Unlikely Conservation Partnership Bears Fruit

Brookfield Zookeepers Walk on Vital Ground, Continue Support of Wildlife Habitat Conservation A big-city zoo in the Midwest might seem ...

North Fork Flathead River sunset west of Glacier National Park Montana

Keeping it Wild Next to Glacier National Park

Vital Ground Backs Flathead Land Trust on Conservation Win in Montana’s North Fork Valley A grizzly bear doesn’t know the ...

Photo of male pronghorn antelope in sage brush

Bipartisan Coalition Introduces Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act

New Bill Would Protect Habitat Links and Migration Routes on Public and Private Lands If you’ve been losing sleep over ...

Photo: Paul Lueders
Range Rider in Montana valley

Conservation Partners Help Dispersing Grizzlies Stay Safe

New Partnerships Address Crucial Priority Areas for Preventing Bear Conflicts Each spring, there’s a subset of grizzly bears that act ...

Photo: Louise Johns
Mountain landscape; Connecting Open Space for Wildlife and People

The One Landscape Initiative: A New Conservation Vision

Vast open spaces. Free-flowing rivers. A diverse tapestry of plant and animal life. In the Northern Rockies, wild places and ...

Tom Mangelsen photo of bison along river in Yellowstone National Park

UN Extinction Report Shows Importance of Protecting Wildlife Habitat

Connecting a Wild Landscape in the Northern Rockies Mitigates Impacts of Climate Change and Development If you follow news on ...

Photo: Thomas D. Mangelsen
Jim Soft

Seldom-Used Tax Strategy Can Benefit You, Wildlife Habitat, and Vital Ground

By Jim Soft, Planned Giving Specialist We are currently experiencing a sustained, historic low interest rate environment, which presents an ...

Overhead photo of Wild River property along the Kootenai River

Celebrate Earth Day by Saving Wildlife Habitat

Make an Impact This Earth Day; Support Habitat Conservation at Wild River! Across the globe since 1970, April 22 has ...

Alvord Lake Montana autumn photo

Vital Ground and Alvord Lake Stakeholders Plan Community Forest Stewardship

By Kali Becher, Vital Ground Land Steward Forest thinning, prescribed burning, and education were hot conversation topics on March 6, ...

Photo: Ryan Lutey
Glen Willow Ranch Montana

Glen Willow: A Land Legacy Protected!

Vital Ground Partners with USDA and Landowner to Safeguard Montana Agricultural Land and Wildlife Habitat CHOTEAU, Mont. – When Mary ...

Photo: Herrera
Elk in spring habitat sunlit forest

Protect Wildlife with a Charitable Donation from Your IRA

By Kim Davitt, Vital Ground Development Director If you are passionate about wildlife conservation and believe in Vital Ground’s work ...

Photo: Lance Schelvan
Park City, Utah beautiful mountain view at sunset

Vacation in Utah and Protect Wildlife Habitat!

A generous supporter offers a week’s stay at Deer Valley in Park City, Utah, to benefit Vital Ground When: March ...

The Bond painting, giant grizzly bear and trainer, Doug Seus and Bart

Artist Georgia Baker Honors Compassion in Painting of Bart the Bear and Doug Seus

Grizzly bears have a way of stirring up our emotions. Whether it’s fear, gratitude, joy or awe–or some combination of ...

Steven Freygang photo of grizzly bear crossing highway

Out of Yellowstone, Onto the Highway

Idaho Weighing Options for Targhee Pass Wildlife Safety On a busy highway west of Yellowstone National Park, what’s the best ...

Photo: Steven Freygang
Glacier National Park mountain with field and forest, Lance Schelvan photo

Vital Ground Applies for Renewal of Land Trust Accreditation

Did you know that Vital Ground is one of 411 land trusts accredited by The Land Trust Accreditation Commission? This ...

Photo: Lance Schelvan
Grizzly on bear-proof garbage container

Sharing the Land: New Study Shows Benefits of Preventing Grizzly Conflicts

Research Led by Vital Ground Advisor Backs Active Mitigation Programs Studying grizzly bears demands patience. For one, the bears, like ...

Photo: Patti Sowka
Grizzly bear and cub on snowy winter ridge

What a Year! Our Top Stories of 2018

From protecting three key habitat areas to a dozen new conflict-prevention partnerships, from the delisting debate to a grizzly sighting ...

I-90 Bridge and Clark Fork River at Ninemile project site Montana

Vital Ground and Yellowstone to Yukon Safeguard Habitat Link Across Clark Fork River and Interstate 90

Land Purchase Protects Movement Between Ninemile and Bitterroot Ranges NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 14, 2018 MISSOULA, Mont.—A key wildlife ...

Photo: Herrera
River with mountains on stormy fall day, 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
Forest in fall with river; 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
Stormy clouds over beautiful mountain scene; 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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