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  

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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