Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Matt Hart
Vital Ground Foundation 

New protections for wetland habitat near Condon

A Place for All: Vital Ground land purchase stabilizes key habitat connection for grizzlies


December 9, 2021

Vital Ground

A view of the Swan Mountain Range from Simmons Meadow.

Grizzly bears in the Mission and Swan mountains have likely entered their dens for the winter, but an important habitat linkage for the species will remain conserved as open space next spring-and for generations to come. The Vital Ground Foundation expanded its conservation protections in the Condon area last month, purchasing 20 acres to help maintain the Upper Swan Valley's rural character and connect existing open lands.

The newly-conserved acreage lies in the Simmons Meadow wetland complex, adjacent to public lands and a Vital Ground conservation easement donated by a conservation-minde...

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