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  • Vital Ground, landowners conserve key grizzly habitat in Swan Valley

    Vital Ground|Jan 19, 2023

    A sizeable wetland within a key wildlife corridor will remain open and protected for grizzly bears and many other wildlife species in Montana’s Swan Valley after the Vital Ground Foundation completed a conservation agreement in the Salmon Prairie area near Condon this week. Working with conservation-minded landowners, Vital Ground collaborated with Montana Freshwater Partners in support of the 30-acre conservation easement. The land will remain in private ownership with a new habitat restoration plan for portions of the wetland previously c...

  • Vital Ground and Quinn family establish conservation easement

    Vital Ground Foundation|Jan 16, 2020

    SWAN VALLEY - In Montana's Swan Valley, grizzly bears, wolverine, moose and wolves cross the roads and backyards that lie between mountain ranges. Separating the Mission Mountains and the Bob Marshall Wilderness, the rural valley is both a crucial wildlife corridor and a blueprint for collaborative conservation. Two hundred acres in the heart of the Swan are now protected forever as open space and habitat after The Vital Ground Foundation completed a conservation easement with the Quinn Family o...

  • Conserving Vital Ground for Grizzlies

    Submitted by Vital Ground|Dec 3, 2015

    Last month's shooting of a male grizzly bear along Highway 83 north of Seeley Lake is just one example of how catastrophic a season it's been for bears in the Northwest. The drought-stricken region from British Columbia, Canada and throughout the last-remaining grizzly bear strongholds in the northern Rockies brought a plethora of grizzlies and black bears into harm's way as they searched for alternative foods after berries and vegetation dried up earlier than normal. As a result, bears...