northern continental divide
Grizzly bear recovery areas
vision for grizzly resoration
All website sales of the Kodiak Keep It Wild collection will be donated to Vital Ground. We will also be making a matching donation for every dollar from this sale. What does Vital Ground do? Check out this interactive map for the areas where they conserve grizzly bear habitat.
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The North Cascades Ecosystem includes more than 9,000 square miles of Washington and British Columbia, but only a small grizzly population with few to none south of Canada. While Vital Ground has not pursued any conservation easements or land purchases in the North Cascades, our partner projects in the region have helped prepare the area for potential grizzly reintroduction.
North Cascades Ecosystem
Vital Ground works to facilitate the recovery of Selkirk grizzly bears and identifies and protects wildlife linkages that will allow grizzlies to safely move south through the Bitterroot Mountains to reoccupy wilderness areas of central Idaho.
Covering 2,600 square miles, the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem encompasses the Yaak Valley and the Cabinet and Purcell mountain ranges of northwest Montana and northern Idaho. Current population estimates hover around 50 bears.
Home to Glacier National Park and more than 1,000 grizzlies, the massive Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem covers roughly 16,000 square miles in northwest Montana. Current population estimates hover around 1,000 bears.
While the vast Selway-Bitterroot region awaits the return of a resident grizzly population, Vital Ground is helping to build the corridors from other ecosystems that will help bears get there naturally.
Our partnerships across Greater Yellowstone have retired over 435,000 acres of grazing leases and helped communities prevent conflicts between grizzlies and people. The Yellowstone grizzly population has expanded its numbers and range since the 1970s, and now totals at least 700 bears, according to the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee.
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem