VITAL GROUND FOUNDATION INC

Rating: 4.9 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Animals, Environment

Location: T-2 Fort Missoula Missoula MT 59804 USA

Mission: The mission of The Vital Ground Foundation is to protect and restore North America''s grizzly bear populations by conserving wildlife habitat.
Programs: VitalGround is currently fundraising to secure its first two land acquisitions withingrizzly bear/wildlife linkage zones in northwestern Montana via the Cabinet-PurcellWildlife Linkage Initiative.The projects were identified by the Private Lands Working Group, an internationalteam of state and federal wildlife agencies, wildlife biologists, and NGOs. In theU.S. these are Vital Ground, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), andMontana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; in Canada these are the Trans-border GrizzlyBear Project and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.Ofthe land acquisition priorities the Private Lands Working Group has set in theCabinet-Purcell Wildlife Linkage Initiative working region of northwesternMontana, two properties rank highest due to: 1) their current availability onthe open real estate market; and 2) their ripeness for development if sold tonon-conservation buyers and the subsequent threat of linkage disruption andwildlife displacement. The first property is located in the northern tier ofthe USFWS Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone along U.S. Hwy. 2, less thanone mile southeast of the Yaak River-Kootenai River confluence. The secondproperty is located just south of the Recovery Zone near Montana Hwy. 200, 2.5miles northwest of the Bull River-Clark Fork River confluence. Both propertiesadjoin Kaniksu National Forest lands. 

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Rating: 5 stars  

To see strong populations of wild grizzlies walk this earth, one feels comforted that all is well in nature. I have had the distinguished privilege of witnessing young cubs play and forage on the shores of Knight Inlet—a wondrous display of humour and intelligence. The connections become obvious as every element of the ecosystem relates to the health of these powerful and personable animals. Vital Ground strengthens these connections by preserving stretches of key habitat for grizzlies and other wildlife, providing them with safe passage to seasonal foodstuffs. Knowledge and community support are integral to their efforts, as such I invite you to share their vision and explore their cause.

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4 people found this review helpful

This organization gets it! Their founders, Doug and Lynne Seus walk the walk. They've been saving individual orphaned grizzly cubs for a long time. Somehow, in spite of the demands of caring for these amazing creatures, they found the time to start an organization dedicated to protecting grizzly habitat. They continue to nurture it, but have handed it off to a biologist-director who understands the importance of corridors for this species. He and his staff work tirelessly to protect the range of this bellwether species because

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the close contact I have had with the bears, the wolves and the Seuses and their friends and partners.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

authentic, effective and delightful to be around.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

and would continue to preserve and protect as they do, with the same humility and dedication of purpose that they have now. They would be as good stewards of the money as they are of the land.

Ways to make it better...

I had had more money to give them.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the complacency of a populace who doesn't acknowledge the importance of a healthy planet.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I trust and respect this organization and its people the longer I know them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

They do excellent work! I've been a member since 2005 and have been pleased to see the progress the organization has made concerning protecting habitat for Grizzlies as well as in trying to mediate and eliminate conflict between ranchers and Grizzlies. The organization is also very good at keeping in touch with it's members, and in providing recent data and information about the organization and the Grizzly population.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providing solid, accurate information about Grizzlies and their habitat - and their importance to the ecosystem - to the public and to it's members.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The openness of the organization in informing it's members of where and how their donations are used.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Vital Ground Rocks! It is the best organization to participate in! It is all about the land and protecting it....before developments take over

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that they have a wonderful staff and work on making the organization grow to new levels. The funds are used to protect land for the grizz. It is a wonderful organization!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people involved and that they really care about the mission.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the best!!!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

protect enough land for the bears to move from eco system to eco system without the interference of man. They could help the bears to increase their numbers so they would not be endangered.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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6 people found this review helpful

While I haven't had any personal experience with Vital Ground, I support & applaud any group that works to protect habitat for our wild creatures. Our wild lands are disappearing at an alarming rate, Vital Ground plays a vital roll in creating open space for our large predators to live freely.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

acquire more land to add to current Vital Ground purchases, providing more protection for habit for bear & all wild creatures.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I heard about Vital Ground when I was a bear viewing guide in Alaska. I had been learning to track and studying bears for a few years and I wanted to know how people could safely live around bears. I read everything I could about bears as I was also watching bears in the wild inter-act between each other. I have come to admire Vital Ground's work as I have come to value bears themselves. There is no better way to ensure that the great bears will survive than to protect habitat for them. Vital ground shares my personal mission to teach people more about bears so they will value them, learn to be around them with respect and safety. Vital ground has always been there to answer my questions and supply me with brochures to give out at my talks. In watching the organization grow and accomplish things for bears over the years it is one of my favorite non-profits.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing habitat set aside for bears.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

spread out the staff to cover more of the Western States

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the professional nature of their persona

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have only talked to them on the phone and thought they were through and honest

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

secure more habitat and do more public education about bears with books, movies and public speaking.

Ways to make it better...

I lived closer so I could be more involved as a volunteer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

human greed to get what they can from the planet without a care for the animals.

One thing I'd also say is that...

It would be great if there were some bear watching event which weren't so expensive.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I think this is a great organization with an admirable cause. I have had nothing but a positive experience with Vital Ground.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a huge difference for the grizzly well-being.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

The majestic and misunderstood grizzly bear has almost vanished from the lower 48 states. Vital Ground's mission is to preserve what is left of this animal by purchasing private lands and using them towards grizzly re-population. Their work - and the organization's founder, Doug Seus - have inspired me to do my own work towards educating people about bears and helping to do away with the many of the old misconceptions. A fantastic organization whose work is critically important!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own education about bears and learning of their importance. Now seeing how greatly misunderstood they are, it has become my passion to help preserve them. Education is key!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

That they are working to re-establish the fading grizzly population to the United States. Vital Ground founder, Doug Seus, and his bears have showed me first-hand that peaceful co-existence is possible.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Courteous, kind, informative, and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Restore a dying population of animals and create educational programs to help ensure the future survival of grizzlies.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Long time pilot, including lots of bush/mountain flying. Avid camper,hiker and photographer. I came to appreciate and respect the raw beauty and power of the grizzly. Absolutely still in awe, and saddened by their decline.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their activities through documentaries, public education and their activities on the internet and social networking.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Worthwhile cause, and very active. Using the most modern methods of communication

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make a measurable difference

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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6 people found this review helpful

This is one of my favorite charities. The work they do to save the wild lands for the largest predators in North America is invaluable to preserving not just an individual species but an entire ecosystem.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Updates on the work they do, and successful projects completed so far.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy land to allow nature corridors for all kinds of wild life to roam and migrate in the patterns nature intended without interference from man.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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