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Published on Aug 9, 2017
You probably know Vital Ground for our work as a land trust, for conservation easements and property purchases to protect critical wildlife habitat. In 2004 we made a strategic decision to evolve from a grant-making institution that provided funding to organizations that supported our mission to a full-fledged, operating land trust. We haven’t forgotten how important grants are, however, which is why we’ve continued our Conservation Partner Grants program. Recently, as successful bear recovery in certain areas has led to grizzlies expanding their range, we’ve turned new focus to supporting “Bear Aware” communities within our primary project areas. In 2016 we granted $60,000 to seven partner organizations working to protect habitat or improve social tolerance of grizzlies through education, outreach and research. This video is about Swan Valley Bear Resources, a conservation partner we're proud of.