By Matt Hart
Vital Ground Foundation 

A million reasons for gratitude-and motivation


December 28, 2023


Vital Ground's Salmon Prairie conservation easement, completed in early 2023.

As bears rest in their dens and families gather for the holidays, there is much to celebrate in the world of wildlife conservation-and much more work ahead.

For grizzly bears, the slow march toward durable recovery in the lower 48 states continues, with populations making gradual gains in 2023 and bears reclaiming historic range, including the first documented grizzly sighting in the Missouri River Breaks region of North Central Montana in more than a century.

As the grizzlies' numbers and range grew this year, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) reported that across multiple ecos...

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