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Craighead Institute (formerly Craighead Environmental Research Institute) is an applied science and research organization with a long history of designing and managing innovative research projects in support of conservation in the Northern Rockies and around the world. Our mission is to maintain healthy populations of native plants, wildlife and people as part of sustainable, functioning ecosystems. Craighead Institute has been in operation for 47 years and was founded in 1964 by renowned grizzly bear researcher Dr. Frank Craighead.
Over the past four decades Craighead Institute has conducted ecological research on grizzly bears in Yellowstone Park, genetic research on grizzly bears in Alaska, conventional and satellite radio-telemetry of wildlife, and the use of remote sensing to map vegetation and wildlife habitat. In the past 15 years Craighead Institute has also been active in guiding conservation policy and management, developing wildlife habitat suitability and connectivity models, and completing large-scale conservation area designs for regions in the United States, Canada, and Tibet.
As increasing numbers of Americans move west, planners and land managers are confronted with the challenging task of guiding the design and placement of new roads, homes, communities and much-needed renewable energy developments in ways that preserve the teeming wildlife populations and vast wild landscapes that draw us here.
Craighead Institute is committed to partnering with other scientists, land managers, planners, and concerned citizens to build and apply effective, science-based solutions to these environmental challenges with the goal of sustaining both people and wildlife in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Craighead Institute believes that people can coexist with intact wild ecosystems. We are confident our efforts will continue to play a key role in helping resource managers and conservationists develop conservation plans that benefit all species - including people.