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Review from Guidestar
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.
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
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.
Vital Ground Rocks! It is the best organization to participate in! It is all about the land and protecting it....before developments take over
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.
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 think this is a great organization with an admirable cause. I have had nothing but a positive experience with Vital Ground.
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!
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.
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.