Cabinet-Purcell Wildlife Linkage Initiative

 
$8,025
$66,975
Raised
Remaining
May 9, 2012

Cabinet-Purcell Initiative - Report 5

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VG's Director of Lands surveys the Yaak parcel

Summary:

Vital Ground is taking action to facilitate the recovery of grizzly bear populations in the Cabinet-Purcell mountain region in northwestern Montana and to reverse loss of habitat by purchasing biologically important tracts of private land. We are focusing our efforts on the U.S. Highway 2 linkage corridor and have launched habitat restoration on the Yaak Mountain Property.

Restoration of the Yaak Mountain Property:

In July 2011, Vital Ground acquired its first parcel—the Yaak Mountain Property—under Phase I of the Cabinet-Purcell Wildlife Linkage Initiative. The 70-acre parcel is located at the base of Yaak Mountain near the town of Troy, Montana, and parallels the Kootenai River and U.S. Highway 2. Though small in size, the property is strategically located in the heart of a crucial wildlife linkage zone connecting the Purcell and Cabinet Mountain ranges, which is home to the smallest and most threatened grizzly bear population in the northern Rockies. The property is now permanently protected and will provide a safe link for grizzlies roaming over Yaak Mountain into other National Forest lands across the highway and river.

We have launched a comprehensive habitat restoration project on the Yaak Mountain Property, which is aimed at benefiting grizzlies as well as other wildlife. In addition to its linkage potential, the property also provides low elevation, seasonal habitat for deer, elk, moose and other wildlife species.

We are currently working to treat and control noxious weeds and invasive plant species throughout the property, including the meadows and forested areas. We are also in the planning stages of replanting the property with native vegetation. Fundraising is currently underway for removing abandoned structures and restoring the previously developed portions of the parcel.

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We are requesting help from our donors and supporters to raise the $30,000 needed to complete habitat restoration on the Yaak Mountain Property. If you have any specific ideas on how we can reach our fundraising goal, please contact Mark at mbrennan@vitalground.org. Thank you for your support!

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Jan 26, 2012

Cabinet-Purcell Initiative - Report 4

Summary:

Vital Ground is taking action to facilitate the recovery of grizzly bear populations in the Cabinet-Purcell mountain region in northwestern Montana and to reverse loss of habitat by purchasing biologically important tracts of private land. In December 2010, Vital Ground executed two purchase options on private lands. Both properties, one near the Yaak River/Kootenai River confluence (Yaak Mountain Property) and another near the Bull River/Clark Fork River confluence (Rice Draw Property) were identified as key linkage zones, or areas where wildlife move between core habitat areas.

Throughout 2011, Vital Ground and its partners placed great efforts in fundraising in order to purchase these two critical properties by year-end. Thanks to generous donations, Vital Ground raised enough money to purchase the Yaak Mountain Property. We weren’t able to raise the necessary $1.15 million by December 15, 2011 to purchase the second project, the Rice Draw Property, but in 2012 we will be refocusing our efforts on the U.S. Highway 2 linkage corridor and launching habitat restoration on the Yaak Mountain Property.

Achievements in 2011:

In July 2011, Vital Ground acquired its first property under Phase I of the Cabinet-Purcell Wildlife Linkage Initiative. A 70-acre parcel located at the base of Yaak Mountain near the town of Troy, Montana, the Yaak Mountain Property parallels the Kootenai River and U.S. Highway 2. The property will now be permanently protected and will provide a safe link for grizzlies roaming over Yaak Mountain into other National Forest lands across the highway and river.

Goals for 2012:

In 2012, we will raise funds ($30,000) for launching a comprehensive  habitat restoration project on the Yaak Mountain Property, which is aimed at benefiting grizzlies as well as other wildlife. In addition to its linkage potential, the property also provides low elevation, seasonal habitat for deer, elk, moose and other wildlife species. Restoration will include treating noxious weeds, replanting native vegetation and removing abandoned structures.

Throughout the year we will also be refocusing our efforts on the U.S. Highway 2 linkage corridor. We are identifying potential linkage opportunities fitting our habitat conservation goals in the general area of the Yaak Mountain Property.

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We are currently requesting help from our donors and supporters to raise the $30,000 needed to complete habitat restoration on the Yaak Mountain Property. If you have any specific ideas on how we can reach our fundraising goal, please contact Mark at mbrennan@vitalground.org. Thank you for your support!

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Sep 12, 2011

Cabinet-Purcell Initiative - Report 3

Yaak Mountain Property
Yaak Mountain Property

Summary:

Vital Ground is taking action to facilitate the recovery of grizzly bear populations in the Cabinet-Purcell mountain region in northwestern Montana and to reverse loss of habitat by purchasing biologically important tracts of private land. In December 2010, Vital Ground executed two purchase options on private lands. Both properties, one near the Yaak River/Kootenai River confluence (Yaak Mountain Property) and another near the Bull River/Clark Fork River confluence (Rice Draw Property) were identified as key linkage zones, or areas where wildlife move between core habitat areas. Throughout 2011, Vital Ground and its partners have been placing great efforts in outreach and fundraising under The Right Place™ Campaign to purchase these two critical properties by year-end. Thanks to generous donations, Vital Ground closed on the Yaak Mountain Property in July. We continue to fundraise for the second property, the Rice Draw Property, and to be successful we must raise $1.15 million before December 15, 2011.

Yaak Mountain Property:

We are pleased to announce that in July, Vital Ground acquired its first property under Phase I of the Cabinet-Purcell Wildlife Linkage Initiative. A 71-acre parcel located at the base of Yaak Mountain near the town of Troy, Montana, the Yaak Mountain Property parallels the Kootenai River and U.S. Highway 2. The property will now be permanently protected and will provide a safe link for grizzlies roaming over Yaak Mountain into other National Forest lands across the highway and river.

Rice Draw Property:

Vital Ground is now aggressively fundraising to purchase the second property under Phase I and has until December 15, 2011 to exercise the purchase option. It is a 187-acre parcel located near the southern boundary of our Cabinet-Purcell working region near the town of Noxon, Montana.

The Noxon area has become a place of increasing grizzly bear mortalities—four during the past nine years—which is a grave concern for wildlife managers as there are already so few bears in the region (biologists believe that fewer than 40 grizzly bears survive in this area south of the Canada border). Because of unprecedented development, grizzlies and many species of wildlife are having difficulty safely crossing this crucial linkage area.

Acquisition of the Rice Draw Property will ensure that it is never developed for homes or businesses. Under our ownership, the property will be managed for the benefit of wildlife and will continue to contribute to the north-south connection between the Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone and the Bitterroot Ecosystem.

The Rice Draw project budget is $1.15 million and represents one of the organization's greatest fundraising challenges in our twenty-year history.

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In an effort to reach our goal of raising $1.15 million by December 15th, we are requesting help from our donors and supporters. Do you have any specific ideas on how we can reach our fundraising goal? If so, please contact Kelly at outreach@vitalground.org. Thank you for your support!

Yaak Mountain Property
Yaak Mountain Property

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May 10, 2011

Cabinet-Purcell Initiative - Report 2

Summary:

As of December 2010, Vital Ground has executed two purchase options on private linkage lands in northwestern Montana, one near the Yaak River/Kootenai River  confluence (Yaak Mountain Project) and another near the Bull River/Clark Fork River confluence (Rice Draw Project). In 2011 Vital Ground and its partners will place great effort in fundraising in order to close on this phase of the Initiative by year-end. We expect to close on the Yaak River/Kootenai River project in August. A closing date of December 15 has been set for the Bull River/Clark Fork River project.

Yaak Mountain Property:

Contractually, we only have until August of this year to secure the first property, a 70-acre parcel located at the base of Yaak Mountain near the town of Troy, Montana. Paralleling the Kootenai River and U.S. Highway 2, the Yaak Mountain property is only lightly developed and, if secured by Vital Ground, will be permanently protected, providing a safe link for grizzlies roaming over Yaak Mountain into other National Forest lands across the highway and river.

The total project cost is $440,000, and we have already secured nearly $290,000 in cash gifts, grants, and pledges, bringing us near two-thirds of our fundraising goal. Our deadline for purchasing the property is August 2011.

Rice Draw Property:

The second property is located near the southern boundary of our Cabinet-Purcell working region near the town of Noxon, Montana. Vital Ground has until December 2011 to exercise the purchase option on this 187-acre parcel.

The Noxon area has become a place of increasing grizzly bear mortalities - four during the past nine years, which is a grave concern for wildlife managers as there are already so few bears in the region. Because of unprecedented development, grizzlies and many species of wildlife are having difficulty safely crossing this crucial movement area.

Acquisition of the Rice Draw property by Vital Ground will ensure that it is never developed for homes or businesses. Under our ownership, the property will be managed for the benefit of wildlife and will continue to contribute to the north-south connection between the Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone and the Bitterroot Ecosystem.

The Rice Draw project budget is $1.15 million and represents one of the organization's greatest fundraising challenges in our twenty-year history.

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Feb 16, 2011

Cabinet-Purcell Initiative - Report 1

Grizzly Bear. Photo by Jamie Scarrow.
Grizzly Bear. Photo by Jamie Scarrow.

As of December 2010, Vital Ground has executed two purchase options on private linkage lands in northwestern Montana, one near the Yaak River/Kootenai River confluence and another near the Bull River/Clark Fork River confluence. In 2011 Vital Ground and its partners will place great effort in fundraising in order to close on this phase of the Initiative by year-end. The Wildlife Conservation Society has made an initial commitment of $50,000 toward the effort, and has extended an informal invitation for subsequent proposals as we make progress. On January 19, 2011, Vital Ground presented at the Winter meeting of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC), providing updates of our progress in the Purcell/Cabinet-Yaak region (identification of key parcels, options placed on two). The committee’s reaction was very positive and Vital Ground was thanked for its commendable grizzly bear/wildlife linkage work. Further, with the cooperation of the National Geographic Society, Vital Ground’s Cabinet-Purcell Wildlife Linkage Initiative has a permanent place on the Global Action Atlas website, providing an opportunity for conservation-minded persons from around the country and world to learn more about our work in the region and contribute financially toward our efforts online.

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Project Leader

Kevin Rhoades

Communications Director
Missoula, MT United States

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Map of Cabinet-Purcell Wildlife Linkage Initiative