In recognition of your contributions to habitat conservation, Vital Ground periodically organizes field trips to select project sites for supporters and partners. These “Walks on Vital Ground” are a great chance to meet our staff and experience protected grizzly habitat first-hand!

Upcoming Walks on Vital Ground:

Yaak and Kootenai Valleys, Late Summer 2024

Dates: August 12-13, 2024 (now full); September 12-13, 2024
Cost: $600/couple or $500/single (includes four meals and one night of lodging)

Come visit some of the scenic habitat areas that you have helped protect in northwestern Montana! Vital Ground staff will lead two trips up to the Kootenai and Yaak valleys this summer, located in the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem and grizzly bear recovery zone. Situated about 180 miles northwest of Missoula, Mont., and 140 miles northeast of Spokane, Wash., this corner of Montana lies near the Canadian border and includes some of the most rural and remote valleys in the Northern Rockies. The Cabinet-Yaak area is home to an estimated 50-60 grizzly bears and although it is unlikely we will see one of them, we will observe their habitat and possibly some of the many wildlife species that share their range.

Vital Ground's Fowler Creek project
Vital Ground’s Fowler Creek project conserves rich bottomlands in the Yaak Valley of northwestern Montana.

Itinerary

Cutthroat Lodge
The Cutthroat Luxury Lodge

For both trips, participants will meet in Missoula at 7:30 a.m. or at Vital Ground’s Wild River property near Troy, Mont., at 11 a.m. on the 12th. We will first take a tour of the Wild River complex and Yaak Mountain project on the other side of Highway 2. After a picnic lunch at the Wild River cabin, we will drive up the Yaak Valley, stopping at a waterfall, our current Meadow Creek project, the Broadie Habitat Preserve and the Fowler Creek project. We will take short walks to experience the landscape and see ongoing wetlands restoration and beaver dam recolonization.  We will return to our accommodations at the Cutthroat Luxury Lodge near Troy for dinner and breakfast the next morning, then head out for a walk to either Alvord Lake and/or the Ross Creek Cedar Grove near Troy. After a picnic lunch, guests will ride back to Missoula or depart Troy on their own in early afternoon on the 13th.

For more information or to reserve a spot, contact:

Kim Davitt, Development Director
406-549-8650 (office) or 406-552-2544 (cell)
kdavitt@vitalground.org