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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Rating: 5 stars  

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  

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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