Cabinet-Purcell Wildlife Linkage Initiative

by The Vital Ground Foundation
May 9, 2012

Cabinet-Purcell Initiative - Report 5

VG's Director of Lands surveys the Yaak parcel


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.


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 Thank you for your support!



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The Vital Ground Foundation

Location: Missoula, MT - USA
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The Vital Ground Foundation
Project Leader:
Kevin Rhoades
Communications Director
Missoula, MT United States

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