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Vital Ground Conserves 100 Acres Near Whitefish

     The Vital Ground Foundation and a cooperative landowner have partnered to conserve 100 acres of land termed “a habitat-rich zone that helps connect wildlife in and around Glacier National Park with those farther west in the Salish and Cabinet mountain ranges of Montana’s northwestern corner.”

     The conservation easement will maintain open land, protect wildlife habitat and protect a key connectivity area for wildlife in the fast-growing area around Whitefish. 

     “This area is critical for wildlife and wildlife movement,” says Mitch Doherty, Conservation Director for Vital Ground. “But it’s also still quiet and scenic, with that rural feel that we’re losing in too many places throughout western Montana right now.”

     Major support for the Tamarack Creek project came from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the PDJ Family Foundation and numerous individual contributors.