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By Matt Hart
Vital Ground Foundation 

Vital Ground, Nature Conservancy Team Up on North Fork Flathead Easement


August 10, 2017

Mitch Doherty

Lush bottomlands rise to snowy peaks near Polebridge Palace, a 142-acre property above Montana's North Fork Flathead River. Once a key gathering site for local conservationists, the land will remain protected wildlife habitat after The Nature Conservancy's sale to new owners and donation of a conservation easement to The Vital Ground Foundation.

A property that helped turn Montana's North Fork Flathead River Valley into a conservation stronghold is changing hands but remaining wild. The Vital Ground Foundation has teamed up with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and new landowners on a conservation easement protecting 142 acres of forestland and wildlife habitat known as Polebridge Palace.

On the pine-strewn benches above the North Fork Flathead, the area will remain a haven for grizzly bears, Canada lynx and other sensitive wildlife, as well as a part of the protected Glacier National Park viewshed that annually attracts millions of do...

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