An interconnected system of wild lands and waters stretching from Yellowstone to Yukon,

harmonizing the needs of people with those of nature.

Private Lands

SECURE land and maintain key connections for wildlife

Protected Areas & Public Lands

IDENTIFY core habitat and work to PROTECT it.


Offer a VOICE that supports the Yellowstone to Yukon vision


Make ROADS SAFER for both human travel and wildlife movement.


Help people SHARE space with wildlife

Appropriate Development

SPEAK OUT about destructive development

Habitat Restoration

HEAL damaged forests and streams to IMPROVE wildlife habitat.

Promoting the Vision

ADVANCE the Yellowstone to Yukon vision far and wide.

Making the Yellowstone to Yukon vision a reality demands a multi-pronged approach; it means protecting core habitats and keeping them connected, reducing wildlife conflicts with people, as well as engaging and inspiring others to work toward the same goals.


Y2Y works with groups and individuals on local issues that have continental implications; together we keep ecosystems intact and wildlife connected throughout the whole region. We undertake a variety of conservation projects to make that happen, with a focus on the following eight themes:


In 2014, Y2Y:

Partnered with 130 people and organizations to enhance collective impact in the Yellowstone to Yukon region.

Together with Partners, Y2Y:

Maintained protection for 14 million ac (5.7 million ha) of land in Canada's Yukon Territory.

Distributed more than $315,000 to support grassroots projects.

Supported the passage of laws to protect more than 650,000 ac (263,000 ha) of public land in the U.S. Rocky Mountain Front and Flathead  region.

Participated in 45 conservation projects that protect habitat and connect wildlife throughout the region

Worked across sectors to set aside 17,668 ac (7,150 ha) of private lands in B.C.'s Flathead and Elk River Valleys for conservation purposes.

Reached more than 50 million people through media and outreach to increase awareness the Yellowstone to Yukon vision.

Contributed to a new land-use plan for southern Alberta, including protection for 135,000 ac (54,5000 ha) in the Castle River headwaters and 84,000 ac (34,000 ha) in the Pekisko Heritage Rangeland.

To make our vision a reality, Y2Y aims to harness the passion and experience of all those who care deeply for the Yellowstone to Yukon region—the many partner groups and supporters, like you, who share our vision for a healthy and connected environment.

We aim to harness the passion of all those who care for the Y2Y region

We undertake projects that focus on these themes:



Conservation Outcomes

Inspiring Conservation

In 2014, Y2Y invested almost $315,000 to support on-the-ground efforts of hundreds of people and organizations working throughout the Yellowstone to Yukon region.

Rewarding Collaborative Conservation: 2014 Ted Smith Award

In 2014, Y2Y presented the inaugural Ted Smith Award for Conservation Collaboration to representatives of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT), in honor of their extensive conservation efforts, including the creation of the first tribally-established wilderness in the U.S. and their collaborative work on wildlife crossings along Montana’s Route 93.


Along with others in The People’s Way Partnership, CSKT and other partners installed video cameras to show animals using the wildlife crossings, helping others recognize the importance of these structures, and why they should be replicated wherever busy highways form a barrier to wildlife connectivity.


Co-existing with Wildlife: 2014 Sarah Baker Memorial Fund

Y2Y supported Andrea Morehouse’s field studies monitoring bears in southwestern Alberta, through the 2014 Sarah Baker Memorial Fund—an annual grant that aids student-based conservation projects in the Yellowstone to Yukon region. Morehouse’s research is part of a multi-year collaborative study involving landowners, government agencies and conservation groups throughout the region.


Y2Y 2014 Annual Report

Supporting Conservation

A Collaborative Effort

Since 1993, the amount of protected lands and other conservation designations throughout Y2Y has tripled – from 15 to 45 percent!

In 2014, Y2Y worked with 130 dedicated partners throughout the Yellowstone to Yukon region to make this vision a reality.

Thanks to all the organizations and individuals who support our mission and vision.

Y2Y works with multiple partners to ensure high-quality wildlife habitat is maintained on both sides of the border, allowing wide-ranging species to move freely between protected areas in the U.S. and Canada and throughout the Yellowstone to Yukon region.

Mapping the Wolverine Way

In 2014, Y2Y supported for cutting-edge research seeking to understand how wolverines move and interact in southern Alberta and B.C.—especially with U.S. populations south of the border. Led by wildlife biologist Tony Clevenger, the multi-year study tracks the little-studied species using non-invasive methods, such as cameras and hair traps, with the goal of learning how highways and other barriers affect wolverines’ ability to move long distances in search of food and mates.

Cabinet-Purcell Collaborative

With your support in 2014, Y2Y continued its lead role in the Cabinet-Purcell Collaborative, a trans-border group of 60-plus organizations working to restore grizzly bear populations in the Cabinet-Purcell Mountain Corridor—an essential step in reconnecting isolated grizzlies in Greater Yellowstone with populations in the Canadian Rockies and Crown of the Continent.

Yahk to Yaak

Y2Y expanded its collaborative efforts in the Yahk to Yaak region – a strategic corridor for grizzlies between Cranbrook, B.C., and Montana’s Yaak River. To ensure grizzlies in Canada stay connected to the endangered Cabinet-Yaak population, the Y2Y-supported projects improved habitat and connectivity in this key trans-boundary area.


Working Across Borders

The Wildlife Return

To show how effective road restoration can be, Y2Y supported the work of InRoads Consulting, a partner group that set up cameras to monitor wildlife activity on recently restored logging roads in the Yahk to Yaak region, an important trans-border region that extends from Cranbrook, B.C. to the Yaak River in Montana.


InRoads’ photos and videos prove why restoring roads is a win for everybody—not only resulting in high-quality habitat for bears and other animals, but helping forestry companies mitigate expensive issues related to washouts and erosion. On the Y2Y scale, these efforts will keep bears moving between protected ecosystems north and south of the border—from Yellowstone and Selway-Bitterroot all the way up to national parks in Canada.


Y2Y engages a range of partners to keep wildlife connected from Yellowstone to Yukon. We work at all scales to stitch this landscape together—from the continental big-picture right down to the regional and local.

The End of the Road

Logging roads threaten wildlife in many ways; they fragment natural ecosystems and cause destructive landslides and erosion, which clogs streams and harms fish habitats. In 2014, Y2Y worked with local partners to dig up and reshape these inactive roads using the same types of heavy equipment that built the road years before. Beyond the on-the-ground work to restore these areas, Y2Y also focused on evaluating the projects long-term effects on forest regeneration, carbon storage and impacts on local water.


Preserving Wildlife Connections

Bat Bioblitz

To learn more about under-studied bat species in the B.C. Flathead Valley, Y2Y helped to organize the first-ever “bat bioblitz” last summer and fall. Led by bat specialist Cori Lausen, the study focused on endangered bat species that have been decimated in eastern Canada by a devastating fungal disease, called White-Nose Syndrome, which is still spreading westward.


Lausen’s science team recorded seven bat species, including the hard-to-catch hoary bat—the largest bat species found in Canada. To raise awareness, the groups released a 5-minute video of the bat bioblitz made by award-winning filmmaker Leanne Allison.


Along with partners in the Flathead Wild team, Y2Y is working to protect the Flathead River Valley, a critical wildlife corridor for wide-ranging species moving between the U.S. and Canada. In 2014, we focused on protecting the B.C. portion of the Flathead Valley—the “missing piece” of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

North Fork Watershed Protection Act

Following years of work by Y2Y’s U.S. partners, the U.S. Congress approved the North Fork Watershed Protection Act—historic legislation that makes 430,000 acres (174,000 hectares) of the U.S. Flathead off-limits to mining and oil and gas development. The Act follows a similar commitment from Canadian lawmakers in 2011 to eliminate industrial threats north of the border, and is a major step forward in the decades-long effort to protect the entire trans-boundary Flathead River Basin.


Keeping the Flathead Wild

Fighting the Site C Dam

Before the B.C. government approved the $8.8-billion Site C Dam for construction on the Peace River, Y2Y had engaged in a multi-faceted outreach campaign to engage local partners and the public through action alerts and media releases. Y2Y’s opposition to the project is simple: combined with extensive industrial development in the region, Site C would threaten wide-ranging wildlife species and flood some of B.C.’s best farmland—forcing families from their homes and destroying sacred historical aboriginal sites. Y2Y continues to support ongoing legal challenges from partners aiming to stop the dam’s construction.

The Peace River Break is a key linkage zone in the Yellowstone to Yukon region, but the region is under intense development pressures. Y2Y is cultivating a shared vision for managing the Peace; one that includes new protected areas and wildlife connectivity.

Deconstructing DamNation

Along with our key supporter, Patagonia, Y2Y helped to promote the award-winning film, DamNation (2014), which offers audiences a first-hand look at how mega-dams affect the landscape. At several events in B.C. and Alberta, Y2Y staff attended screenings of the film, participating in discussions about the impacts of dams throughout the Yellowstone to Yukon region and what folks could do about these issues.


Healing the Peace River Break

Y2Y’s Alberta Headwaters campaign brings together key stakeholders to influence government planning and jointly develop a new conservation vision for these watersheds, which provide clean drinking water for millions of people downstream.

The Upper Bow Valley

Along with partners, Y2Y contributed to the release of the Upper Bow Basin Cumulative Effects Study, about land use impacts on the Upper Bow watershed.

Speaking Out for the Headwaters

In the lead-up to the provincial government’s land-use plan for southern Alberta in 2014, Y2Y engaged communities throughout the region, urging residents through email actions alerts, meetings and speaking events to have their say in the public comment process.

Gearing Up for Northern Headwaters Planning

As government land-use planning extends to Alberta’s northern headwaters, Y2Y is building support for a conservation vision to preserve the area’s wildlife habitat and corridors. Our focus centers on protecting the Bighorn Wildland, one of the few roadless areas remaining in Alberta’s foothills, and a vital core area for wildlife between Banff and Jasper National Parks and other protected wilderness areas to the north.


Safeguarding Alberta Headwaters

Supporting the Yellowstone

to Yukon Vision

Connecting & protecting habitat so people and nature can thrive

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