Vital Ground

With the grizzly bear as its compass, Vital Ground works to reconnect fragmented landscapes in the U.S. and Canada critical to wildlife movement and biodiversity. Because the grizzly’s range covers several hundred square miles—from alpine meadows to valley bottoms—protecting and expanding habitat and migration corridors important to the Great Bear benefits entire animal and plant communities in the wildest, yet most imperiled, places left in North America.

Operating as a land trust, the mission of The Vital Ground Foundation is to protect and restore North America’s grizzly bear populations by conserving wildlife habitat.

Vital Ground believes the grizzly bear, as an umbrella species, is one of nature’s barometers of a healthy and complete ecosystem. Because the grizzly’s home range covers several hundred square miles—from alpine meadows to valley bottoms—protecting grizzly habitat benefits entire plant and animal communities in the wildest, most scenic, places left on the continent.

Grizzly and other brown bear populations persist only in the continent’s last wilderness ecosystems. Between, within, and at the edges of these ecosystems, roads and development are rapidly filling open lands and valley floors, frittering away once wild landscapes and creating “habitat fracture zones.”

Habitat links between these wild grizzly sanctuaries—lands that provide food, shelter and security for seasonal foraging and movement—are the crux point of grizzly survival and recovery. Today these lands are clad in streamside willows and cottonwoods, pastures, grasslands, wet meadows, clear waters, and conifer forests—habitat for innumerable species. Tomorrow they could be peppered with homes, roads, and other developments.

This is where VG target their resources and efforts. Acre by acre, they protect jigsaw puzzlepieces of habitat to maintain the lifelines between grizzly ecosystems. Lifelines that will help sustain bears and everything else that depends ongrizzly country.

'Dares for Bears' Adventurer's Raising Funds for Vital Ground

‘Dares for Bears’

November 5, 2011

“What’s Life, without a Little Adventure?” Go On A Grand Adventure for the Grizzly: As part of a new campaign for Vital Ground – Wildlife Warriors has launched ‘Dares for Bears’ inviting all Adventurer’s to register their next expedition, challenge or extreme event as a fundraiser for the Great Grizzly. All money raised is donated directly […]

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Tracking Bears

Tracking Bears

October 22, 2011

Like our friends at Vital Ground, wildlife conservation group Defenders’ care about the future of bears. In this short film, a group of adventurers join Defenders’ Rocky Mountain Region Representative, Dave Gaillard, on a weekend in Montana’s Centennial Mountains looking for signs of grizzly bears. One of the primary objectives to ensuring a future for […]

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Vital Ground 'Strength of Connections'

Vital Ground Strength of Connections

March 29, 2011

“Vital Ground: The Strength of Connections“ details how The Vital Ground Foundation protects habitat crucial for grizzly bear survival in North America. Using footage of trained and wild grizzlies and sweeping vistas of grizzly country, the video tells the story of the Great Bears plight and the ever-increasing importance of private lands conservation. Features founders […]

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